Following yesterday’s announcements regarding the senior team at Birmingham City Council, further additions have been made to strengthen the leadership of the authority.
Mike O’Donnell an experienced Chief Finance Officer has joined today to cover the duties of the current absent post holder (including section 151 responsibilities).
In addition, Alan Gay, a member of the Birmingham Local Government Association-sponsored Independent Financial Review Team will provide support and strategic oversight in the short term.
Both officers will be joining the finance team to add extra capacity to deliver the challenging saving targets agreed at full council in February.
Leader of the council Cllr John Clancy said: “Mike and Alan have a wealth of local government experience between them and these appointments, added to those announced yesterday, will further strengthen our top team.”
Notes to Editors
Mike O’Donnell is currently Chief Finance Officer at Camden Council and will be seconded to Birmingham City Council for three days a week.
Alan Gay is Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy & Resources at Leeds City Council.
Section 151 officer: Section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972 requires every local authority to make arrangements for the proper administration of their financial affairs and requires one officer to be nominated to take responsibility for the administration of those affairs. The Section 151 officer is usually the local authority’s treasurer and must be a qualified accountant belonging to one of the recognised chartered accountancy bodies. The Section 151 officer has a number of statutory duties, including the duty to report any unlawful financial activity involving the authority (past, present or proposed) or failure to set or keep to a balanced budget. The Section 151 officer also has a number of statutory powers in order to allow this role to be carried out, such as the right to insist that the local authority makes sufficient financial provision for the cost of internal audit.