Council searches for new Chief Executive

The search for a new Chief Executive for Europe’s largest local authority in the UK’s largest regional city – Birmingham – starts today.

A restructure of Birmingham City Council’s senior management was announced last month after current Chief Executive, Stephen Hughes, confirmed his plans to retire at the end of February 2014.

The changes, confirmed after a 30-day consultation, reduce the number of directorates from five to three, and the senior officers’ pay bill by about £500,000.

Birmingham City Council Leader, Sir Albert Bore, said: “It is not often that the opportunity to shape the lives of one million people arises, in perhaps the youngest and most culturally diverse city in Europe. We believe in a successful and inclusive city in which everyone has a fair chance and many more can play their part, and we want the very best candidate to help us achieve that.

“We want to spread our reputation as an entrepreneurial city and a regional powerhouse and we need a key advocate to promote Birmingham as a place in which people want to live, work, visit and invest.

“This is without doubt a unique and exciting opportunity, but the role will not be without its challenges. These include the radical reshaping of the services we deliver to the people of Birmingham, whilst protecting those most in need, in response to the severe funding reductions imposed on us by central Government.”

A new ‘People Directorate’ will combine the existing Adults and Communities Directorate and the Children, Young People and Families Directorate. Peter Hay CBE, former President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (2011/12), has been acting strategic director for the joint service and, subject to ratification of the new structure, will  be appointed permanently.

Sir Albert added: “There has been an urgent need to stabilise the management arrangements around children’s safeguarding, which have been inadequate for too long, and Peter Hay will provide the strong, focussed leadership required to win respect from staff and confidence from stakeholders.”

The new Chief Executive will also become Director of Economy, supported by a deputy and leading a new ‘Economy Directorate’.

And the existing Local Services Directorate will be renamed ‘Place Directorate’ and, subject to ratification of the new structure, will  be headed-up by the existing strategic director, Sharon Lea.

ENDS

Notes to editors

- The proposals for the Senior Management Restructure were approved by the Employment and Human Resources Committee on 22 October 2013, after a 30-day consultation.
- The committee and a further period of consultation will consider the Deputy Chief Executive role.
- The new integrated role of Chief Executive and Director of Economy will include the statutory position of Head of Paid Service.
- The external recruitment of the Chief Executive will include advertisements in the local government press and all the details for the post will be available online at http://birminghamtopjob.co.uk/
- The new structure will require changes to the constitution and will be endorsed by the full Birmingham City Council as appropriate..

For more media information please contact the Birmingham City Council press office on 0121 303 3287

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