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Thursday, 31 July 2014

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Shake-up for management team at Copeland council

The top team at Copeland council has undergone a major shake-up to save more than £100,000.

The management team has now been slashed from seven to five – but there have been no job losses.

The move came into force yesterday and is the third management streamlining in four years, reducing costs by £350,000 over that time. The latest move is expected to save more than £110,000 each year.

The new structure at Copeland now includes the chief executive along with four other posts: director of economic growth, head of customer and community services, head of Copeland services and director of resources and strategic commissioning.

Chief executive Paul Walker, who will stay in the role, said: “Central Government cuts to our funding continue, year on year, so it is important we look to reduce costs and deliver efficiencies in all areas of the organisation.

“Reviewing and streamlining our senior management is one of the ways we can do this.”

The old system saw the chief executive, a director of services and five heads of services covering nuclear, energy and planning; regeneration and community; neighbourhood; policy and transformation and corporate research.

Two of the roles were currently empty and the staff who held the other positions have been moved to other top roles within the council.

Mr Walker added: “The two new director level posts emphasise where the focus of much of our work will be – on delivering economic growth across Copeland and developing new ways of working and new alternative ways of delivering services.”

Councillor Gillian Troughton, portfolio holder for finance and HR, said that the council had taken some “difficult decisions” in creating the new structure.

“But I am confident that the proposals offer us the best possible management structure to move the organisation forward and deliver our transformation programme,” she added.

The new roles are:

  • Chief executive Paul Walker remains in the current role;
  • Director of economic growth – Pat Graham, formally director of services;
  • Director of resources and strategic commissioning - currently unfilled and recruitment taking place;
  • Head of Copeland services – currently unfilled but Janice Carrol covering on an interim basis;
  • Head of customer and community services – Julie Betteridge, formally head of regeneration and community.

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