Wiltshire Council: Not replacing executives will save nearly quarter of a million pounds

This Is Wiltshire: Mark Stone in 2008, with councillor John Thomson, Wiltshire Times reporter Mike Wilkinson and Wiltshire Council project manager Mark Butt Mark Stone in 2008, with councillor John Thomson, Wiltshire Times reporter Mike Wilkinson and Wiltshire Council project manager Mark Butt

Not replacing two recently-departed executives will save almost a quarter of a million pounds, says Wiltshire Council.

Mark Stone, programme director for the council’s transformation programme, who oversaw the renovation of County Hall, will leave the council on July 11, while head of the Campus project Lucy Murray-Brown is joining Bristol Council on secondment.

Their work will be taken on by the council’s three corporate directors, Carlton Brand, Maggie Rae and Carolyn Godfrey.

In a statement to council staff they said: “We would like to reassure you that the transformation programme including our campus delivery is a key area of work for the organisation and as such will be co-led by the three corporate directors.

“This will ensure that we to continue to deliver this successful programme and by not replacing the vacant associate director and head of service posts we will save around £225,000 per year.”

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10:06am Tue 24 Jun 14

lordbuckethead says...

If any member of an organisation can leave and not be replaced it begs the question - what the hell did they actually do beforehand that was SO IMPORTANT!?

How many more senior execs at the council in non-jobs on 6 figure salaries?

There will be more of this as council budgets tighten further, the frontline services and rank-and-file have been squeezed till their pips are squeaking. So now its time for some of the fat at the top to be trimmed off.
If any member of an organisation can leave and not be replaced it begs the question - what the hell did they actually do beforehand that was SO IMPORTANT!? How many more senior execs at the council in non-jobs on 6 figure salaries? There will be more of this as council budgets tighten further, the frontline services and rank-and-file have been squeezed till their pips are squeaking. So now its time for some of the fat at the top to be trimmed off. lordbuckethead
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12:42pm Tue 24 Jun 14

kimcrawley says...

What are the corporate Directors doing at the moment? If they can take on a 66% increase in their workload does this mean we will have to pay them even more? In the end the incompetents at WC only ever make 'paper' savings owing to the increased costs of hiding their ****-ups.
What are the corporate Directors doing at the moment? If they can take on a 66% increase in their workload does this mean we will have to pay them even more? In the end the incompetents at WC only ever make 'paper' savings owing to the increased costs of hiding their ****-ups. kimcrawley
  • Score: 5

1:02pm Tue 24 Jun 14

brandx says...

The question I have to ask about all this moving of the deck chairs is whether the Campus programme will now go ahead across the county.

Say what you will about Mark Stone, he was the one who via his negotiating skills and contacts got the initial campuses established - Corsham, Melksham, Salisbury.

Now he has gone, will there be any more? I always had the sense that he was a bit too entrepreneurial for County Hall.
The question I have to ask about all this moving of the deck chairs is whether the Campus programme will now go ahead across the county. Say what you will about Mark Stone, he was the one who via his negotiating skills and contacts got the initial campuses established - Corsham, Melksham, Salisbury. Now he has gone, will there be any more? I always had the sense that he was a bit too entrepreneurial for County Hall. brandx
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