Posted by: westlancashirerecord | March 10, 2017

WLBC Chief Executive’s Update

 Over the last two weeks work has continued on key projects, including in relation to Skelmersdale town centre, the roll out of phase two of the Leadership Programme for Managers and preparation for the elections to the County Council in May. Action in relation to decisions of Council on 22 February, and preparation for the Cabinet meeting on 14 March, has also featured.

In addition, on Monday 27 February I was pleased to meet with Jane McNeice, Partnership and Project Officer, who is participating in the District Council Network Staff Development Programme. It was good to hear first-hand about her experience of the programme.

Also on Monday 27 February I held the regular Election Planning meeting with Terry Broderick, Borough Solicitor, Tom Lynan, Electoral and Administration Services Manager, Matthew Jones, Legal and Member Services Manager and Mark Leather, Administration and Electoral Services Assistant, and was pleased with the ongoing progress.

On Tuesday 28 February, I attended a Skelmersdale Ambassadors Network  meeting. Hosted by Stuart Sage, Head of Area, Lancashire & Cumbria, of the Homes and Communities Agency, speakers included Edwin Booth, of Booths Supermarket and Chairman of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership; Phil Lynas and Colin Hill from “All About Food”, and Ross Taylor of Buffaload Logistics. This food industry themed event proved very popular, with businesses and individuals who made good use of the opportunity to network. It was good also to receive feedback that West Lancashire is a great place to do business. Thanks go to Paula Huber, Economic Regeneration Manager, and her team for their continued support for these events.

On Wednesday 1 March, I was delighted to meet with Heidi McDougall, Director of Street Scene, on her first day, to welcome her to the Council. Heidi has been busy over her first 10 days with us, meeting key staff and Councillors and getting out and about around the Borough.

Also on Wednesday 1 March, together with Dave Tilleray, Director of Leisure and Wellbeing, I met with Chief Superintendent Chris Bithell for our regular update meeting. It was pleasing to receive feedback on the continuing excellent partnership work on community safety in the Borough.

On Thursday 2 March, I attended the planned Corporate Consultative Group meeting, and on Friday 3 March met with Martin Kelly, Director of Economic Development, Lancashire County Council and the Leader of Lancashire County Council to talk about progress on the ‘Prosperous’ theme, as part of the work of the Shadow Lancashire Combined Authority.

On Monday 6 March, I met with Paul Charlson, Commercial, Safety and Licensing Manager, and Paul Adamson, Health and Safety Manager, to discuss the next iteration of the Council’s Health and Safety Strategic Plan, which will be the subject of a report to Council next municipal year.

On Tuesday 7 March together with the Leader of the Council, I met with Jo Turton, Chief Executive, and the Leader of Lancashire County Council to update them on some of the innovative work the Council is doing, and to talk about opportunities for partnership work.

On Thursday 9 March, together with other members of the Corporate Management Team I attended a session to discuss the 360degree  feedback approach that we have rolled out as part of our Leadership programme. Thanks go to Sharon Lewis, Head of Human Resources and Organisational Development and her team, and in particular to Gill Farrimond, Principal HR and Learning Development Officer for her work in co-ordinating this important programme.


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