The Council, on 21 October 2015, agreed the voluntary redundancy of Gill Rowe, Managing Director (People and Places) to achieve savings and to enable a new management structure to be put in place to deliver the new Council Plan 2015-18.
In the meantime, an interim management structure has been put in place pending a further report to Council. A saving of £103,507 per annum will be made.
From 1 February 2016, Kim Webber, Managing Director (Transformation) will become Acting Chief Executive and will be designated Head of the Paid Service and Returning Officer. She will be supported by 4 interim Directors, together with the Borough Solicitor, Borough Treasurer and Borough Transformation Manager.
Councillors also agreed a new Council Plan for 2015-18, setting out aims for the next three years, for the economy; the environment; and the health and wellbeing of West Lancashire.
Gill Rowe said “I have felt privileged to serve as Managing Director in a job I love, with excellent colleagues and Councillors, and I am proud of what we have achieved, as a team, over many years”.
Councillor Leader, Ian Moran said “I would like to place on record my thanks to Gill for her 27 years of dedicated service to this Council. The Council is under financial pressure, as are all authorities, and we will need to make an estimated £2.1m of savings over the next two years. The changes will enable the Council to put in place a new management structure, providing the necessary officer leadership to deliver the Council’s priorities, whilst further reducing management costs. I look forward to working with Kim, the interim team and my Cabinet, on the way forward, and achieving our ambitious new Plan for West Lancashire.”