Statements following Employment Panel

Published: Tuesday, 14th August 2018

Statements following Employment Panel

Cllr Simon Dudley, leader of the council, said: “The Royal Borough has been operating as a commissioning council over the past two years. The report considered by Employment Panel last night recognised this model and looked to further enhance and strengthen it through changes to the senior management structure to ensure we continue to deliver high quality services to our residents. 

“Employment Panel also considered a request by Alison Alexander to move on from her role as managing director. This was agreed and Alison will leave the council on 31 May 2019.

“Following this decision, we have reached an agreement with Alison that she will remain within the post until 31 May 2019 to ensure that there is continued effective leadership of the council during the upcoming proposed restructure, as well as the elections early next year. This agreement also allows the council sufficient time to commence the recruitment process to ensure that we appoint a quality replacement candidate as managing director prior to Alison’s departure, which will facilitate a smooth transition.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Alison for her dedication, work and commitment to the council. Alison’s time with us has been highly successful for the council and she has delivered a wide range of services. I would to thank her for her huge level of commitment and dedication in securing good outcomes for staff, members and residents and to wish her all the best in her future roles.”


Alison Alexander, managing director, said: “This has been a tough decision on my part as this organisation is like a family to me.

“I am passionate about my role and over the last five and a half years, I have led the council to achieve significant improvement for the staff, members and residents. The transformation across the council has been significant and is producing positive results.

“Having worked with a team of dedicated officers to achieve so much, I feel it is now time for me to move on to new challenges and opportunities. I remain committed to continue leading and managing the council; working with the leader and administration to recruit a permanent new managing director; implement the structural changes in the leadership team, and prepare the council for the changes emerging from the electoral review.

“The senior management team is a strong one and I am confident they are ideally placed to take the organisation forward.”

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