Knowsley Council’s new senior management structure approved

Published on: Tuesday, 28-October-2014

Knowsley Council’s new senior management structure has been endorsed today.

The Council’s Employment and Appointments Committee considered the appointment of a new Chief Executive post created on a reduced salary, with the role of the Deputy Chief Executive deleted and significant savings generated as a result.

The review has been carried out following Sheena Ramsey’s decision to step down as Chief Executive of Knowsley Council on 31 October and take voluntary redundancy.

The Committee has recommended that Mike Harden, who is the current Deputy Chief Executive, be appointed as the Council’s new Chief Executive. This recommendation is now subject to approval at the full Council Meeting on Wednesday 5 November.

The Committee also considered the new Corporate Management Team and Statutory Officer roles within the council.  The new structure was agreed to take effect from 1 November.

The review will see four Executive Directors supporting the Chief Executive and providing strategic leadership for the Council, with a further review of senior management posts to be carried out over the coming months.

Since 2010, the Council has reduced the number of senior managers it employs by 43%, saving £8 million to date, and the size of the workforce has been reduced by 27%. 

Further savings of £0.810m will be generated through this senior management review. 

Councillor Ron Round, Leader of Knowsley Council, said “These significant changes to our structure represent a positive step forward for the organisation and will allow us to be better equipped to meet the significant financial savings and service challenges we face.”