New team unveiled to power Peterborough City Council into new era

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Four new directors have been appointed to Peterborough City Council’s top management team.

The appointments follows a review of senior officer posts as the local authority seeks to reorganise the way it delivers services to the residents of Peterborough.

The changes include the appointment of Jana Burton as executive director of adult social care and health and wellbeing.

She joined the council in September last year as assistant director for care services delivery and has been acting director of adult social care since April. She will lead all of the council’s services for adults and public health.

Wendi Ogle-Welbourn has been appointed director for communities and will lead all of the council’s adult, children and public health commissioning activity, alongside the Safer Peterborough Partnership work, housing needs and children, young people and families provider services..

She joined the council in April 2012 as assistant director of strategy, commissioning and prevention within children’s services.

Simon Machen has been appointed director of growth and regeneration.

He joined the council in October 2009 as head of planning and later took on responsibility for transport, engineering and the Environment Capital agenda.

He will continue to lead these services and, in addition, will be the council’s lead on all growth projects and the council’s commissioning lead for Opportunity Peterborough and the Peterborough Delivery Company, when it is set up.

Kim Sawyer has been appointed director of governance in a new role that will bring together all of the council’s teams that support the decision-making process and good governance to ensure the council is meeting all of its legal responsibilities and proper processes are followed.

She joined the council in 2009 and was previously head of legal services.

John Harrison, who was director of strategic resources, has been named as the executive director of the renamed resources department. He continues to manage all of his existing teams but in addition has overall responsibility for children’s services buildings.

Jonathan Lewis moves to resources from children’s services as head of corporate property and children’s resources, to manage the new service. He will continue to lead on schools finance and buildings, schools transport, admissions and school place planning but is also now the council’s corporate property officer.

Sue Westcott, the executive director of children’s services, will continue to be accountable for all children’s services within Peterborough and lead the education support and children’s social care services.

Chief executive Gillian Beasley said: “Councils across the country are being challenged to look at how they provide services differently in a challenging financial climate.

“Peterborough is no exception. These changes are designed to make sure we identify the needs of our citizens and communities better and ensure, within tight financial constraints, the right services are provided to meet those needs. Providing value for money is at the heart of these changes.”

All of the new appointments take effect on November 1.

Peterborough City Council’s management salaries are detailed on the council’s website. Along with the staff who receive at least £100,000, six managers receive between £90,000 and £94,999.

A pay freeze on all council staff was introduced in October 2009 but a review of senior officers’ pay is currently in progress - the first in nearly 10 years.