Council Reveals New Management Structure To ‘Enable Growth in the District’

Ambitious plans to enable more businesses and home owners to locate to West Lindsey will be led by a new Executive Director team.

Conservative-led West Lindsey District Council has announced it has appointed three executive directors to lead the council as it forges ahead with plans to attract multi-million pound investments to the district.

The Overwhelming majority of Councillors, on a cross-party basis, voted in favour of the new model at the district council’s first Full Council Meeting on Monday evening and also agreed to delete the Chief Executive post.

Conservative Leader of the Council, Cllr. Jeff Summers explained the leadership model needed to be reviewed following the retirement of the former Chief Executive in July, last year. He said:

“We are an ambitious council that respects diversity and I believe this leadership team is best placed to meet the needs of the council to enhance the social and economic wellbeing of our residents.

“This Executive Director Team will enable excellent service delivery in tandem with our commercial and growth projects.  I am delighted that the council has agreed in making this decision.”

What does this mean?

  • Mark Sturgess, Executive Director of Operations now holds the post of Head of Paid Service
  • Ian Knowles, Executive Director of Resources holds the statutory role of section 151 Officer
  • Eve Fawcett-Moralee, Executive Director of Economic and Commercial Growth will lead the delivery of the ambitious growth agenda
  • The post of Returning Officer will be carried out by Alan Robinson our Monitoring Officer and Strategic Lead for People and Governance
  • Each Executive Director has their own responsibilities as well as working and agreeing collectively how best to deliver the Council’s Corporate Plan. The move will also help make a significant financial saving to the council at a time when budgets are under pressure.

Cllr Summers said:

“The council is adopting a progressive approach to the way it works and our leadership team has led us to become an ‘Enabling Council’. Our partnerships are key to our success.”

This approach has led to the following:

  • Attracted £6m of grant funding from Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Building of the new hotel and restaurant.
  • A Joint Venture with Dransfield Properties Ltd to renovate shop fronts across Gainsborough Town Centre
  • Moving of the Lidl store to improve connectivity from the town centre to Marshall’s Yard
  • A review of our Leisure contract to include a facility for Market Rasen, an upgrade of the existing West Lindsey Leisure Centre and an outreach service – at no extra cost to the council
  • Progressing plans to develop a crematorium on the edge of Gainsborough
  • Food Enterprise Zone creation of 26 hectares of new employment land in Hemswell Cliff
  • Working to provide opportunities for new and old businesses to come to West Lindsey
  • Large focus on improving the customer experience for everyone in the district

Cllr Summers added:

“The flagship of our present work streams is sourcing a development partner for the regeneration of a number of sites in Gainsborough. A project which could amount to £30 million of investment. All of this work is destined to produce a revenue stream to help fill the gap in government funding and replace the spent capital.  It is a very exciting time for West Lindsey and I’m looking forward to what we can achieve together.”

Mr. Mark Sturgess, on behalf of the Executive Director Team, said:

“We are pleased with the outcome of the review carried out by the leader of the council and agreed by full council. Together we have many years’ experience across both public and private sectors and we are keen to show that this alternative model to having a Chief Executive can work.

“It is designed to deliver our ambitious growth and commercial agenda in tandem with excellent services to ensure the Council maximises its ability to invest in the district to enhance the social and economic wellbeing of residents.”