Wellingborough Council now has a permanent ‘primus inter pares’ management model,
with a Managing Director and two Directors replacing the role of Chief Executive and sharing the responsibilities previously held by this position.
The model was agreed at a full council meeting on 11 April, following interim arrangements which were put in place last month. It represents a total cost saving of approximately £46K, contributing to the £1.1m saving needed over the coming financial year.
The new management structure, effective from 12 April, is now as follows: Liz Elliott is the Managing Director, Head of Paid Service and Section 151 Officer and Bridget Gamble and Julie Thomas are Directors, with Bridget Gamble also appointed as the Council’s Returning Officer and Electoral Registration Officer.
The Leader of the Council, Councillor Martin Griffiths, said: “this structure is a positive and modern approach to local government, which has already been adopted by a number of councils across the country. I look forward to working with this new team to put the council’s decisions and vision into place.”
The Leader of the opposition, Councillor Andrew Scarborough said: “This decision is extremely important for cross party working and both the Labour Party and I fully embrace this new structure.”