Marischal College
Marischal College

As we’re now into the second of the four weeks of consultation on phase 2 of the restructure of the council’s management arrangements, I wanted to take the opportunity to once again invite you to join the conversation and let me know what you think of the proposed groupings of functions that are suggested for the Heads of Service.

I’m interested to hear from you about what you think will work, where you think there might be opportunities to do something different and as importantly what pitfalls should be avoided.

I appreciate that restructures can cause anxiety and have the potential to be destabilising, but I and the rest of the CMT aim to work at a pace that both offers the opportunity for meaningful engagement while at the same time allowing decisions to be taken so that we can move on to the next stage.

Phase 3 will be of direct, personal interest to many more of you across the council than the first two phases and I will ensure that there are ample opportunities for feedback and discussion as the Directors and Heads of Service get to grips with the detailed structures to be put in place within the Heads of Service portfolios.

One final point, the way we structure ourselves is clearly important and the changes that are proposed are necessary and will in my view improve outcomes for the people we all serve, but to my mind as important if not more important is the way we go about our business.  The culture of the organisation and the inter-relationships between  us within the Council are key to our success and that is where my focus will be as we move forward.

I look forward to our conservation on that topic.

Written by aberdeenccblog

Chief Executive of Aberdeen City Council. All views are my own.