The new management structure for West Dunbartonshire Council which was announced today by Chief Executive Joyce White.
By Bill Heaney
Major changes have taken place today in the management structure for the “under the microscope” West Dunbartonshire Council.
Two of the big names whose activities were investigated in regard to wining and dining with a contractor who was awarded £ millions of work with the Council but were cleared by police of any criminal activity have dropped off the senior management chart.
Chief Executive Joyce White told councillors in a memo earlier today: “I am writing to update you that I will be introducing changes to our senior management structure for the Council over the next four weeks.”
She said: “This begins today with the alignment of Strategic Leads for Resources (Finance, Revenue & Benefits and Internal Audit), People and Technology (HR, OD & Change, ICT and Health and Safety) and Regulatory (Democratic Services, Legal, Planning and Building Standards) reporting directly to me.
“This key change will allow me to directly benefit from the advice of Stephen West, Victoria Rogers and Peter Hessett and their key professional services as we transform the Council to meet significant budget pressures over the next three years.
“This new model will create capacity for Angela Wilson, Strategic Director Transformation & Public Service Reform, to drive continuous improvement across the organisation, as well as to lead changes to our Procurement Service to ensure this Council achieves the highest possible compliance rates.”
She added: “There are further changes underneath Richard Cairns, Strategic Director for Regeneration, Environment and Growth.
“Ronnie Dinnie, Strategic Lead for Environment and Neighbourhood Services, has retired from the Council after more than three decades of public service.
“I’’d like to take this opportunity to thank Ronnie for his contribution during that time, and pay particular tribute to the major infrastructure projects he successfully delivered in this area such as the new Clydebank Leisure Centre, the restoration of Levengrove Park, Clydebank Community Sports Hub, and the Knowleburn Flood Prevention Scheme.
“As you may be aware the roads element of Ronnie’s service has already transferred to Gail Macfarlane, Strategic Lead for Shared Services Roads and Transportation with Inverclyde Council.”
Ronald Dinnie and Raymond Walsh, who were completely cleared by the police following an investigation into procurement practices at the Council.
The Roads and Transportation portfolio was formerly held in Dumbarton by Raymond Walsh, who no longer figures on the management structure chart and no reference is made to where he has gone.
Council communications boss Malcolm Bennie has been given an extended role which includes looking after the bins, a department which could find itself subject to extensive public criticism if much talked about collection frequency comes to pass.
Joyce White said: “Facilities Management (Building Cleaning, Janitorial Services and Catering Services) will transfer underneath Malcolm Bennie, Strategic Lead, in a new Communications, Culture, Communities and Facilities service area from 1 August.
“In the medium-term Richard [?] will retain direct management of the Greenspace and Waste areas while consideration is given to future joint working opportunities.”
Ms White circulated an illustration of the new management structure which is shown above.
She said: “I’m confident this new structure will deliver transformational leadership to this Council and ensure we continue to improve the lives of the residents who live in West Dunbartonshire.
“Thank you for your continued support and please share this information with anyone who does not have access to a computer.”