Shaping Aberdeen, shaping the team

The week just coming to an end saw another milestone passed in the restructuring of the senior management of the Council with the announcement that Bernadette Oxley is the preferred candidate for the post of Head of Children’s Social Work/Chief Social Work Officer.

With Euan Couperwhite having taken up post just before Christmas as Head of Policy, Performance and Resources and with Helen Shanks having started work with us at the beginning of the year as Head of Inclusion, the senior team in the Education and Children’s Services Directorate is now complete.

Next week, Takki Sulaiman begins work with the Council as Head of Communication and Promotion and next month Richard Sweetnam joins us as Head of Economic Development.

We will soon begin the recruitment and selection process for the posts of Director of Corporate Governance and Head of IT and Transformation, so it is hoped that we will have a full Extended Corporate Management Team complement by the Spring. 

It’s exciting to be progressing in this way, but as I’ve said many times before while the structure is important it isn’t the be all an end all.  The key for the Council moving forward will be the culture we develop within the organisation and the focus we have on balancing improving customer experience, improving staff experience and improving our use of resources.