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Managing director selected

Published: Friday, 21st December 2018

Duncan Sharkey has been selected as the candidate for the role of Managing Director at the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

The decision was discussed at Employment Panel on Thursday 20 December with a recommendation from the panel to refer it to Full Council for ratification on 28 January 2019.

Duncan is currently Corporate Director, Place, at Milton Keynes Council, a role he has held since June 2015.

Councillor Simon Dudley, Leader of the council, says: “After an extensive assessment centre which included stakeholder panels, written tests and psychometric tests, I am pleased to announce that Duncan Sharkey was successful in securing the post. 

“Duncan has over 25 years’ experience in central and local government and in his current role he is responsible for a range of services including regeneration, community safety, housing and waste.

“I am sure he will be a huge asset to the Royal Borough and help us deliver a range of front line services for our council as well as ensuring we continue to deliver a balanced budget, focus on performance and ensure we monitor the range of commissioned services including adults, children’s and highways.”

Cllr Dudley, adds: “I am delighted with the range of applications we received for the Managing Director position following advertising in the MJ and Sunday Times. We shortlisted 11 candidates from 39 applications during the first stage.

“We took four candidates through an assessment centre which included a stakeholder panel made up of our partners from RBWM Property Company Ltd, Thames Valley Police, Housing Solutions and Achieving for Children. The final two candidates were interviewed by a panel of elected members.

“Our recommendation has been approved at Employment Panel and they have recommended that Full Council ratify the decision at the end of January 2019.

“I would like to thank Russell O’Keefe for his work during this interim period, he has done a fantastic job for the council and I am delighted that he stepped up into this role.”

Duncan adds: “It is an exciting privilege to be offered the opportunity to work for the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. I am honoured. I look forward to meeting the councillors, our communities and the hard working team of officers and partners who deliver services to the residents of the borough.

“The Royal Borough is an exceptional place to live and work, with the extensive regeneration programme, the range of commissioned services and the unique nature of the area with the Royal Family and our constituency MPs.”

Duncan’s previous roles include:

  • Managing Director (Head of Paid Service), Worcester City Council – March 2010 - May 2015.
  • Chief Executive, West Lindsey District Council – May 2005 – March 2010.
  • Corporate Director, Corby Borough Council – November 2002 – May 2005.
  • Head of Regeneration, Boston Borough Council – June 1997 – November 2002.

Russell O’Keefe will remain as Acting Managing Director until Duncan joins the authority.

The decision has been referred to Full Council on 28 January 2019 for ratification.


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