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Cabinet approves proposed changes to Wiltshire Council senior leadership structure

Published 16 January 2020
Cabinet approves proposed changes to Wiltshire Council senior leadership structure

Wiltshire Council's Cabinet members yesterday (Tuesday 19 November) approved steps to make a proposed change to the Tier 1 senior leadership structure of the council.

Currently the council has three executive directors and the proposal would see this reduced to two. The two roles would cover the themes of People and Place.

Cllr Philip Whitehead, Leader of Wiltshire Council, said: "This proposal was made after discussion with the current Executive Directors who have agreed that the current tier one structure and roles need to change to enable them to focus more on strategic planning for the future of Wiltshire with me and Cabinet, removing their need to spend time focusing on delivery of those strategies and providing operational oversight.

"My proposed structure will bring together our Adults, Children's, Education and Public Health services under one Executive Director for People. The aim of this is to enable the closer working in these areas and with our partners to develop.

"I also want more strategic focus on growing the economy of Wiltshire and empowering our residents and local communities to shape their own futures and this will be the focus of the Executive Director for Place.

"In addition, I believe this proposed structure will allow a more consistent relationship with partners."

If approved and once implemented, the revised structure will also see the statutory roles of Director of Children's Services (DCS) and statutory Director of Adult Social Services (DASS) designated to appropriate Directors at tier 2. This will ensure the two Executive Directors have the capacity needed to place a greater focus on strategic planning.

The final structure will be confirmed after 27 November following a period of formal consultation with the Executive Directors.

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