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Change at council’s executive board level

A proposed new look senior leadership team for Cheltenham Borough Council is up for discussion later this month.

The appointments and remuneration committee will be asked to agree proposed changes to the council's executive board at its meeting on 7th December. Under the new proposals, chief executive Pat Pratley, will be supported by:

  • Managing director for place and growth
  • Executive director for people and change (new post)
  • Executive director for finance and assets (a full-time post, the post-holder is seconded part-time to the Forest of Dean District Council as the section 151 officer)

It is proposed that the current director of resources and corporate projects will take on the new part-time transitional role of director for corporate projects. There are no proposed redundancies.

Pat Pratley, chief executive (pictured), said: "I committed to reviewing the senior leadership team when I became chief executive earlier this year. Through my proposed new structure, I am committed to delivering organisational stability through a time of considerable change.

"My proposal with this review is to put the key building blocks in place for the future success of the council. The review will ensure that the leadership team has the capacity, skills, capabilities and competencies required as we continue towards our ambition for Cheltenham to be a place where everyone thrives."

Cllr Rowena Hay, chair of appointment and remuneration, said: "We should review our structures in an ever-changing world. We need to have the right structures in place to meet all of the ambitions we hold for Cheltenham and to effectively manage the financial challenges facing local government. It is important that our chief executive continues to keep the senior leadership team under review."

If the proposals are agreed, a formal consultation with those directly affected will take place over the next two months and a further report will go to full council in February.

Punchline says: We welcome anything that makes the council more efficient and gives the council taxpayer better value for money.

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