Management re-structure at Wellingborough Council should save £46,000

The council offices at Swanspool House in Wellingborough
The council offices at Swanspool House in Wellingborough

The new management structure at Wellingborough Council is set to help the authority make savings of £46,000.

It was decided in February that the council would scrap the post of chief executive and the head of finance would be appointed as the interim managing director and head of paid service in addition to her role as the Section 151 officer.

The head of resources and head of planning and local development were appointed as interim directors, with all directors taking up these posts from February 24.

A report by council leader Martin Griffiths proposing that the interim arrangements become a permanent senior management structure, effective from April 12, will be discussed at full council on Tuesday (April 11).

Members will also be presented with a report outlining considerations for setting the directors’ salary details, which will be treated as confidential during the meeting because it contains financially sensitive data.

The decision on salaries will be made available following discussion at the meeting.

The new ‘primus inter pares’ model, as adopted by several councils nationwide, will be recommended, as follows:

- Liz Elliott as managing director and head of paid service, retaining her role as S151 officer

- Bridget Gamble and Julie Thomas as directors, with Bridget Gamble as the council’s returning officer and electoral registration officer

Cllr Griffiths said: “Although the decision to restructure our management team was not made lightly, this proposal represents a positive and modern approach to local government.

“There will be a total cost saving of approximately £46,000, contributing to the £1.1 million saving needed over the coming financial year.

“This step means that the council’s management style will mirror a more corporate structure, focusing on financial sustainability, maximising income from our property and investments, but at the same time delivering excellent services for our residents.

“The next few years will be an exciting time for the borough.

“We will shortly have the new management structure in place, and the scope and commitment to push forward with our long-term plans to achieve the renaissance of Wellingborough, a town that looks to the future but never forgets its past.”

To read more about the decision to scrap the role of chief executive, click here