New approach to council leadership

Just Regional
Nov 24, 2016 2 mins read

An innovative approach has been adopted by North Norfolk District Council to provide the council with clear leadership and structure.

At the full council meeting on November 16, elected members appointed corporate directors Nick Baker and Steve Blatch as joint head of paid service. Nick and Steve have worked at the authority for a total of 35 years. They replace former chief executive Sheila Oxtoby.

Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: “This innovative approach will enable the council to be bold and decisive as we face future challenges.

“Our focus has always been to deliver an excellent service for our residents and to do that, we need to ensure we get the very best from the talented team of managers and staff we have here.”

This approach will build on the strengths of the senior officer team and mean a £240,000 annual saving to the council

Both Mr Blatch and Mr Baker have many years of experience of frontline service delivery, with Mr Blatch specialising in planning, economic development, housing and community engagement, and Mr Baker specialising in waste, environmental protection, civil contingencies and contract management.

In a joint statement Mr Blatch and Mr Baker said: “We will play to these strengths giving strong technical leadership and resilience.”

Tom Fitzpatrick

Tom FitzPatrick

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