Tuesday, February 9, 2016

News: Council names new regeneration boss

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Rotherham Council has appointed Damien Wilson as its new strategic director of regeneration & environment, the fourth appointment of the authority's new permanent senior leadership team in 2016.

The recruitment was made by the Council's commissioners and new chief executive, Sharon Kemp, supported by an all-party panel of councillors, and means that the Council has only one permanent senior appointment left outstanding.

At the end of 2015 it was confirmed that Karl Battersby, former strategic director for Environment and Development Services would leave the authority to take a new role at Wigan Council as director of economy and regeneration.

The directorate has a budget of some £47m per annum. Following a restructure three assistant directors will now each lead portfolios of work based on Planning, Regeneration and Transport; Culture, Sport and Tourism; and Community Safety & Environment.

Damien will also take a lead on the Council's Economic Development Strategy, with its vision to create 10,000 new jobs in Rotherham, as well as being the Council's voice in Sheffield City Region.

A keen climber, Damien has been assistant director of Regeneration at Hartlepool Council since 2010, and has wide local authority experience, having previously worked at Gosport, Dumfries & Galloway, Bath & North East Somerset, Kennet, North Tyneside and Gateshead councils.

Damien Wilson incoming strategic director of regeneration & environment at Rotherham Council said: "As someone who has worked for seven local authorities across the UK, in some of the most complex and challenging environments, I'm looking forward to bringing my experience, together with a passionate and dynamic approach, to deliver good quality services for the people of Rotherham.

"Having successfully run my own businesses for a number of years and working in local authority for 25 years, I know that it takes creative solutions to benefit the local community. Looking after the local economy and empowering residents will be my priorities, and I very much welcome the opportunity to contribute personally to the Council's ambitious vision to deliver in these areas."

Damien is expected to be in post in April.

Rotherham Council website

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