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RCTC Agrees Not To Permanently Replace Chief Executive Role

In light of pending Local Government re-organisation, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council has this evening taken the decision not to appoint a permanent replacement for the Chief Executive when he retires in August.

The Council will instead make a temporary appointment, by merging the role and responsibilities with an existing Group Director post saving the Council over £150,000 this year.

A proposed map for local government reorganisation is due to be published this summer by the Welsh Government and the Council will review this temporary appointment in twelve months.

The Council has appointed the current Group Director for Education & Lifelong Learning, Mr Christopher Bradshaw, to the role of Chief Executive of the Council on a temporary basis. He will retain his strategic Director of Education responsibilities.

County Borough Councillor Andrew Morgan, Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council said:

“In light of pending local government reorganisation, the Council believes it prudent not to consider a permanent replacement for the role of Chief Executive and, at this time, has instead sought to make savings through a temporary appointment of one of the Council's current Senior Directors.

“This move will not only allow the Council the flexibility to consider the future map of local government in Wales, but also allows us to make further savings in our senior management costs, in addition to the £1m plus saved in the last twelve months.

“This approach ensures that recruitment and assessment costs of £25,000 are also avoided and provides savings in the short to medium term which will support the ongoing efficiency measures being undertaken by the Council.

“The Council therefore agreed to the temporary appointment of one our existing Chief Officers. Mr Bradshaw will be appointed to the temporary role of Chief Executive and will retain his Director of Education responsibilities. This decision achieves a saving of over £130,000 moving forward in the senior management structure of the Council.

“Given our current objective to continually review all cost-saving measures and, given the current uncertainty surrounding local government reorganisation, this option is the most logical, flexible and prudent for the Council to pursue. This is why this proposal received the backing of Council this evening.

“The Council also took the decision to remove the additional payment currently awarded to the Chief Executive for Returning Officer Duties during elections."

Cllr Morgan added: “I am confident that Mr Bradshaw will bring a fresh approach to this incredibly-important role and will, alongside my Cabinet and I, ensure the Council delivers for the communities it serves.

“He has made an immense contribution to driving up standards in education in his current role and I believe Mr Bradshaw will transfer these skills to move the Council, as an organisation, forward and will support its commitment to engage more effectively with our communities around the difficult challenges we face to find the best solutions together.”

Chris Bradshaw was previously employed by Pricewaterhousecoopers. In 2001 he joined Rhondda Cynon Taf Council in a Change Management role and became the Director of Strategic Policy & Continuous Improvement in 2005. In 2011, he was appointed to the role of Director of Education and Lifelong Learning.

Following consideration of a range of options and associated matters, following the announcement that the current Chief Executive will retire in August 2015, the Council agreed to make a temporary appointment in respect of this role.

Other options considered included making a permanent appointment, a joint appointment with another local authority and designating another officers as the Head of Paid Service.

When the Council considers making a permanent appointment to this role, a full appointment process, including public advert, will be undertaken.