Wednesday, October 15, 2014

News: Ormondroyd set for Rotherham chief exec job

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Arrangements are being made to appoint Jan Ormondroyd as the new chief executive of Rotherham Council on an interim basis.

Last month, Martin Kimber announced that he would step down as chief executive of Rotherham Council, with the announcement coming two weeks after the publication of a damning independent inquiry from Alexis Jay into child sexual exploitation in the borough, and two weeks after Cllr. Roger Stone stepped down as leader of the council.

Kimber (58) joined Rotherham Council in 2009, having previously had roles at Wigan Council as director of Environmental Services and director of Planning and Development, and planning roles at Barnsley Council. He took over at Rotherham from retiring chief executive Mike Cuff. Kimber agreed to step down from the £160,000 a year role in December.

Now the council has undergone a recruitment process to find a new chief executive after Cllr. Paul Lakin assumed the role of leader of the Council last month. An interview process took place last week by the Council's Appointments Panel who were "unanimous" in their decision to offer the post to Jan Ormondroyd.

Ms Ormondroyd was previously chief executive at Bristol City Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council and deputy chief executive in Hull. She took early retirement from the £189k a year post at Bristol in 2012 and is non-executive director at The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

Phil Howe, director of HR at Rotherham Council, said: "After taking advice from the Council's Improvement Board it was determined that initially it would be in the Council's interests to appoint an interim chief executive to help guide the Council through a period of time which would include the ongoing responses to the Jay report, the Ofsted inspection of Children's Services (including working with the newly appointed commissioner, Malcolm Newsam), and the Corporate Governance Inspection.

"Ms Ormondroyd is an experienced chief executive. Her extensive local government experience incorporates leadership of change and improvement programmes including implementation of post-corporate intervention programmes. She has wide experience of partnership working demonstrated by outcomes for example of improved educational performance and services for looked after children deemed "good" by inspectors."

The salary for the short term arrangement for the interim chief executive is set at £160k per annum in accordance with the existing salary level for the current post and the interim chief executive is expected to start work in November after the appointment has been signed off by the full council.

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