Stella Manzie’s appointment as Interim Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council was confirmed today (Tuesday 4 April) at a meeting of the full city council.
Stella Manzie said: “Having lived and worked in the city before, and visited and socialised in it over the years since then, it is a great privilege for me to be appointed as Interim Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council.
“I have always liked the city, ever since I first came here in the late 1980s, and I am really looking forward to working with councillors and city partners to promote its vibrancy and energy and tackle its many challenges. I hope that my knowledge of the West Midlands, including my time at Redditch and Coventry, will be helpful in those tasks.
“The City Council has put in place a strong Corporate Leadership Team and I’m looking forward to working with them to lead the changes we need to make to modernise and to meet our budget targets . We must ensure that the Council delivers good value for money both in its own services and in strong partnerships across the city, while protecting the vulnerable and supporting business, employment and housing. “
Councillor John Clancy, the leader of Birmingham City Council, added: “This is a crucial appointment and I am delighted with the progress we have made. Stella Manzie has a long and successful record of achievement at the top of local and national government.
“Stella’s career demonstrates an impressive record of driving transformation and change in four local authorities, as well as holding senior civil service positions with the Scottish Government.
“I am confident that Stella will provide strong leadership as we embark on the search for a permanent Chief Executive.
“With other changes to senior management now in place, it is clear Birmingham City Council has an exceptionally strong team of officers to take us forward on the next stage of our improvement journey.”
A vastly experienced public servant, Stella has been chief executive at four major local authorities, was appointed to the Board of Her Majesty’s Treasury to contribute expertise about public service delivery and is a former senior civil servant with the Scottish Government.
Stella is a former chief executive of Coventry City Council and Barking and Dagenham Council, and was until last year Commissioner Managing Director of Rotherham MBC. She has also been Director General Finance and Corporate Services, then Justice and Communities for the Scottish Government.
Notes to editors
The new Corporate Leadership Team is:
- Stella Manzie, Interim Chief Executive
- Piali Das Gupta – Assistant Chief Executive
- Angela Probert – Chief Operating Officer
- Jacqui Kennedy – Corporate Director, Place
- Waheed Nazir – Corporate Director, Economy
- Colin Diamond – Interim Corporate Director, Children and Young People
- Graeme Betts – Interim Corporate Director, Adult Social Care and Health
- Mike O’Donnell – Interim Chief Finance Officer