Posted by: westlancashirerecord | January 27, 2017

Meetings Bloody Meetings 27 January

Chief Executive’s Update westlancsnow. “The last two weeks have focussed on progressing key projects, and on preparation for budget setting Council on 22 February 2017. Preparations for the Lancashire County Council elections on 4 May 2017, when Councillors will be elected for the 8 County Divisions in West Lancashire, have also continued.

“On Monday 16 January 2017, I was pleased to meet with 7 new members of staff who have recently joined the Council. I was very impressed by the skills, experience and enthusiasm of the staff concerned, and it was useful to receive feedback on their initial experiences of working for the Council, which were extremely positive. Through the management team I will also look to take forward the ideas for future improvements that came out of the discussion.

“On Thursday 19 January, I attended the Annual Elections Conference organised by the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives. Speakers included Chris Skidmore MP, Minister for the Constitution, and Tim Straker QC, who provided helpful updates on national and legal developments. Debate focussed in particular on work undertaken by the Law Commission, Sir Eric Pickles’ report on electoral fraud, the Government’s response to this, and the impact of The Casey Review. It was good also to meet with other returning officers, and share current practice.

“On Tuesday 24 January, I held the regular elections planning meeting with Terry Broderick, Borough Solicitor; Tom Lynan, Electoral and Administration Services Manager; and Susanne Malmgren, Senior Electoral and Administration Officer.

“On Friday 27 January, together with John Harrison, Director of Development and Regeneration and Ian Gill, Deputy Director of Development and Regeneration, I was pleased to meet with Kate Ingram, Head of Regeneration and Planning Policy, Burnley Borough Council. She is involved in the Single Economic Plan refresh being undertaken by the Local Enterprise Partnership, and it was good to discuss the Council’s economic strategy and priorities. It was also useful to hear from Kate about the work Burnley is doing in this regard.

Finally, I was delighted to receive very positive feedback via Heads of Service whose staff had attended a training session on commercial awareness, and thanks go to Gill Farrimond, Principal HR and Learning Development Officer and Jacqui Scarbrow, Human Resources Support Officer, who organised this useful event”. The Chief Executive invites suggestions makeasuggestion ostensibly from staff, but hey, we who pay their wages might have some too?  

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