Shaping Aberdeen – shaping the team

I said in my blog last Thursday that further information would follow soon about the posts of Head of IT & Transformation and Head of Legal & Democratic Services.

I am pleased to let you know that both posts have now been offered on a preferred candidate basis as follows:

Simon Haston has been offered the post of Head of IT and Transformation.  Simon is currently Business Change Programme Manager for Scotland Excel and prior to this was employed in senior management roles with both the Improvement Service and the City of Edinburgh Council.  He has a strong background in leading transformation and ICT strategy both working in, and in partnership with Scottish local government.  His knowledge and experience in these areas will no doubt prove to be invaluable in his work with us.

Fraser Bell has been offered the post of Head of Legal & Democratic Services.  Fraser is currently Head of Legal Services at Orkney Islands Council, a post he has held for the past three years.  Prior to this Fraser worked for Shetland Islands Council and also in the private sector.  Fraser plays an active national role as the Senior Vice President of SOLAR (the Society of Local Authority Lawyers & Administrators in Scotland).  He brings to the Council a drive to develop innovative ways of working and a customer focussed approach to his role.

While both appointments are subject to the normal pre-employment checks, the intention is that Simon will take up post in May and Fraser will begin with the Council in July.