I’m pleased to provide an update on the recruitment to the vacant Chief Officer posts, with the process nearing its conclusion.

This week we held assessment centres for the Strategic Place Planning and Integrated Children’s and Family Services roles and I’m delighted to say two preferred candidates have been selected.

Gale Beattie, currently interim Chief Officer for Strategic Place Planning, and Graeme Simpson, Lead Service Manager in the Integrated Children’s and Family Services cluster, are both experienced and well respected senior managers within the Council and I look forward to working with them in their Chief Officer roles. They will bring great knowledge, skills and energy to the senior leadership team.

Chief Officer appointments will conclude with the People and Organisation role after the summer recess.

The foundation the leadership team provides will be vital as we build for the future and it is very positive to have the bulk of that work done. It has been a thorough process, recognising the significance of these decisions.

Recently appointed Chief Officers will soon be in post, with Andrew Howe (Digital and Technology) and John Wilson (Capital) taking up roles on Monday. Sandra Ross (Aberdeen City Health and Social Care Partnership) and Jonathan Belford (Finance) will start on September 3.

My thanks go to those who have taken on interim roles during this period of recruitment, with Sandra Buthlay (Finance) and Steve Robertson (Digital and Technology) making a valuable contribution. So too has Stephen Booth, who has combined his permanent role as Chief Officer Corporate Landlord with interim duties in Capital, and Morven Spalding, who continues as interim for People and Organisation.

I know the new recruits will be welcomed by staff throughout the organisation and once again I thank you in advance for the support provided to Chief Officers and Directors.

Written by aberdeenccblog

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

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