Council director takes redundancy over restructure

AN EXECUTIVE director has taken redundancy as part of the management restructure at Chichester District Council.

Councillors agreed to appoint Paul Over and Steve Carvell as the two executive directors at Chichester District Council, as part of the restructure. A recruitment process to reduce the executive director posts from three to two had been scheduled for October, however, Amanda Jobling, current executive director for home and communities, will be taking redundancy.

Mrs Jobling will stay at the council until May 2014 to conclude work on the Local Plan project and other key projects.

“I am confident that the new structure will help to meet the future challenges we will have to face,” says Diane Shepherd, chief executive of Chichester District Council.

“Cuts to our government grants and reductions in income have meant that we have to look at new ways of working. These are extremely difficult times, but our focus has to be to continue to deliver quality services to our residents, businesses and visitors at the lowest cost.

“We are incredibly lucky to have such a high calibre of staff and so it is very hard when we have to lose people. Amanda has worked for the council for nine years and has been an excellent senior manager.

“She has delivered and contributed to a number of high profile council projects and has worked very closely with a number of key partners to improve the quality of life for our residents. We are very grateful to Amanda for what she has achieved within the district and we will be sorry to see her go.

“Steve and Paul have a wealth of experience between them and have been instrumental in leading and delivering key projects. They have extensive experience in partnership working, are community focussed and have contributed positively to the financial challenges we face.

“I look forward to working closely with them so that we can continue to meet the needs of our residents and the district as a whole.”

The next stage of the restructuring process, which aims to save £300,000 in total, will now be brought forward to October, when the number of assistant directors will reduce from eleven to seven.

“We are very grateful to Amanda for what she has done for the district and we wish her well in the future,” says Cllr Heather Caird, leader of Chichester District Council.

“I am confident that the new management structure of the council will be a strong leadership team. These are very difficult times for everyone, but it is important that we continually looking ahead at the challenges we are likely to face to ensure that the Council remains in a good financial position, in order to achieve our objective of delivering high quality services to our community.”