Chief Officer recruitment update

I am keen to provide an update on the recruitment process for the remaining Chief Officer vacancies and to inform you of a change to the leadership team.

Preferred candidates have been identified for three roles: Finance; Digital and Technology; Capital.  Subject to normal pre-employment checks, those appointments will be confirmed soon and I will be in a position to provide further details.

Recruitment is ongoing for the Chief Officer role for People and Organisation as well as jointly with NHS Grampian for the Chief Officer’s post with the Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership.

I can also confirm that Bernadette Oxley is moving on from her role as Chief Officer for Integrated Children’s and Family Services to take a new post as Head of Children’s Services, Communities and Families with City of Edinburgh Council.

I must place on record my thanks to Bernadette for her contribution to Aberdeen City Council as a Chief Officer and in her previous capacity as Head of Children’s Social Work and Chief Social Work Officer.

Since joining in 2015 her commitment, knowledge and enthusiasm has been of great value to the organisation and most importantly to all those that she and her teams have protected and supported. Bernadette has introduced evidence based programmes of work that have transformed the model of service delivery.

The role in the capital represents a natural career progression for Bernadette, and the opportunity is one that she is keen to embrace.  I am sure you will join me in wishing her the very best with that new challenge.

In relation to Bernadette’s departure I will provide further updates on recruitment and interim arrangements, which are currently being established, as they become available.