Today a report to full Council has gone live to outline the proposals for an interim functional structure for the Council, following extensive engagement and consultation with staff, trade unions and public sector partners.

Many of you have taken the time to help shape the future direction of travel of this Council and have contributed on the proposals through staff consultation in the last three weeks. I want to thank you for taking the time to submit your views.

In total 108 staff sessions took place between 11 September and 28 November with total attendance at these events standing at 4505.  This includes large scale sessions at the Town and County Hall, Beach Ballroom and Harlaw; briefings by managers at various depots and locations, and an ‘on the road’ gallery at both Marischal and outlying establishments.

Organisation and delivery of the sessions has involved more than 167 staff including members of ECMT, 3rd tier managers, Head teachers, a range of employees from across the council, the Research and Development Team and Trade Union colleagues hosting stalls to answer any questions staff might have.  This represents a live example of the Target Operating Model in action with the breaking down of silo working and the moving of resource to where it is needed.

A summary of your responses to the proposed interim functional structure has been prepared and submitted in Appendix A of the report. Here you can see a summary of the final decisions that were made against these responses.

It is important to note that all feedback has been fed into the Transformation Team and the transformation delivery boards who will take a lead in implementing changes based on the ideas, suggestions and information as we move to the transition period. The proposal being put forward is an interim structure – we expect that as we continue to re-design the organisation, further changes will be made and you will be a key part of informing this work.

All feedback will be published and made available for everyone to see through the Transformation Zone where actions taken by the Delivery Boards will also be updated.

I hope you will continue to be engaged in this process, read through the report and the appendices and continue to submit your views about Transformation through the zone or your line manager. The report, item 9a, can be accessed here.

Written by aberdeenccblog

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