Wiltshire Council: Not replacing executives will save nearly quarter of a million pounds

Mark Stone in 2008, with councillor John Thomson, Wiltshire Times reporter Mike Wilkinson and Wiltshire Council project manager Mark Butt

Mark Stone in 2008, with councillor John Thomson, Wiltshire Times reporter Mike Wilkinson and Wiltshire Council project manager Mark Butt

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Not replacing two recently-departed executives will save almost a quarter of a million pounds, says Wiltshire Council.

Mark Stone, programme director for the council’s transformation programme, who oversaw the renovation of County Hall, will leave the council on July 11, while head of the Campus project Lucy Murray-Brown is joining Bristol Council on secondment.

Their work will be taken on by the council’s three corporate directors, Carlton Brand, Maggie Rae and Carolyn Godfrey.

In a statement to council staff they said: “We would like to reassure you that the transformation programme including our campus delivery is a key area of work for the organisation and as such will be co-led by the three corporate directors.

“This will ensure that we to continue to deliver this successful programme and by not replacing the vacant associate director and head of service posts we will save around £225,000 per year.”

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9:30am Tue 24 Jun 14

frankie007 says...

Kind of begs the question, "wtf were they doing there in the first place?"
As a supplementary, How many more are actually surplus to requirements?
Kind of begs the question, "wtf were they doing there in the first place?" As a supplementary, How many more are actually surplus to requirements? frankie007
  • Score: 23

10:34am Tue 24 Jun 14

frankie007 says...

I'd like other readers of the WT to join me in offering our sincere thanks to Carlton, Maggie & Carolyn for so generously sticking with the tax payers of Wiltshire & taking on these huge extra responsibilities on top of their already enormous work load.
They do this out of loyalty to us, refusing to accept the many offers of far better pay & conditions which they regularly receive from the private sector.
Or, maybe they just don't do very much of any use, & couldn't get a job in a brewery.
I'd like other readers of the WT to join me in offering our sincere thanks to Carlton, Maggie & Carolyn for so generously sticking with the tax payers of Wiltshire & taking on these huge extra responsibilities on top of their already enormous work load. They do this out of loyalty to us, refusing to accept the many offers of far better pay & conditions which they regularly receive from the private sector. Or, maybe they just don't do very much of any use, & couldn't get a job in a brewery. frankie007
  • Score: 17

12:07pm Tue 24 Jun 14

beetawix says...

frankie007 wrote:
Kind of begs the question, "wtf were they doing there in the first place?"
As a supplementary, How many more are actually surplus to requirements?
They are not surplus, their work will be distributed yet again to other staff, unpaid on top of their existing jobs
[quote][p][bold]frankie007[/bold] wrote: Kind of begs the question, "wtf were they doing there in the first place?" As a supplementary, How many more are actually surplus to requirements?[/p][/quote]They are not surplus, their work will be distributed yet again to other staff, unpaid on top of their existing jobs beetawix
  • Score: -10

12:53pm Tue 24 Jun 14

frankie007 says...

beetawix wrote:
frankie007 wrote:
Kind of begs the question, "wtf were they doing there in the first place?"
As a supplementary, How many more are actually surplus to requirements?
They are not surplus, their work will be distributed yet again to other staff, unpaid on top of their existing jobs
"Their work will be distributed to other staff on top of their existing jobs"

Therefore, somebody is surplus to requirements.

If "other staff" were working at full capacity, (like they'd have to in the private sector), it wouldn't be possible to give them more.
[quote][p][bold]beetawix[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]frankie007[/bold] wrote: Kind of begs the question, "wtf were they doing there in the first place?" As a supplementary, How many more are actually surplus to requirements?[/p][/quote]They are not surplus, their work will be distributed yet again to other staff, unpaid on top of their existing jobs[/p][/quote]"Their work will be distributed to other staff on top of their existing jobs" Therefore, somebody is surplus to requirements. If "other staff" were working at full capacity, (like they'd have to in the private sector), it wouldn't be possible to give them more. frankie007
  • Score: 17

9:48pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Elboo1992 says...

So all these claims that hugely inflated salaries are necessary to attract 'the best people' for the job are completely bonkers. Getting someone who could actually do the job & see it through to completion would be desirable. Why oh why do WC keep 'losing' highly paid officers halfway through projects? What's going on at County Hall? Not a lot of work, obviously!
So all these claims that hugely inflated salaries are necessary to attract 'the best people' for the job are completely bonkers. Getting someone who could actually do the job & see it through to completion would be desirable. Why oh why do WC keep 'losing' highly paid officers halfway through projects? What's going on at County Hall? Not a lot of work, obviously! Elboo1992
  • Score: 6

11:22am Thu 26 Jun 14

brasstacks says...

If Wilts Council had not forked out tax payers dosh for Executives who they then subsequently 'let go', the People of Wiltshire would not have to go without the Services we do just because the Cons-Cab have spent out on their political and Party obsessions and personal image.

It would be nice to know why Mark Stone is leaving and how much 'severance pay' he will get although nobody can blame him if he is leaving if he 'has had enough'.

It beggars belief that the Cons-Cab can use expressions like "our campus delivery' in their Media Propeganda when the dosh that they are Awarded by Central Government is for the People of Wiltshire and not the Conservative Party or.....is it ??

No doubt the photos will show Ms Scott & Co wearing new apparel and big "pearl drops' smiles when they meet & greet HRH Camilla but they are few Front Line Staff and Service users who have anything to smile about in Wiltshire as we all sit and watch further Financial decisions made by a Cabinet that do not give a hoot about anyone else apart from themselves.

Perhaps we need an Indpendent Refernendum in Wiltshire to let the People decide how and by whom our Council is Administered ?

We need to have say in what (and where) tax payers money is spent on because an Election never produces what is promised at Electioneering time..

The only 'distribution of work' that should be changed at County Hall is to get rid of the whole Executive Team and bring in Local People to do the Job for the People of Wiltshire.

Support is needed for the Front Line Staff who get paid a pittance to do all the work that Ms Scott & Co would not have a clue about.

I wonder if the Executive Team are all Conservatives or do they just get brain washed once they get the Job ?
If Wilts Council had not forked out tax payers dosh for Executives who they then subsequently 'let go', the People of Wiltshire would not have to go without the Services we do just because the Cons-Cab have spent out on their political and Party obsessions and personal image. It would be nice to know why Mark Stone is leaving and how much 'severance pay' he will get although nobody can blame him if he is leaving if he 'has had enough'. It beggars belief that the Cons-Cab can use expressions like "our campus delivery' in their Media Propeganda when the dosh that they are Awarded by Central Government is for the People of Wiltshire and not the Conservative Party or.....is it ?? No doubt the photos will show Ms Scott & Co wearing new apparel and big "pearl drops' smiles when they meet & greet HRH Camilla but they are few Front Line Staff and Service users who have anything to smile about in Wiltshire as we all sit and watch further Financial decisions made by a Cabinet that do not give a hoot about anyone else apart from themselves. Perhaps we need an Indpendent Refernendum in Wiltshire to let the People decide how and by whom our Council is Administered ? We need to have say in what (and where) tax payers money is spent on because an Election never produces what is promised at Electioneering time.. The only 'distribution of work' that should be changed at County Hall is to get rid of the whole Executive Team and bring in Local People to do the Job for the People of Wiltshire. Support is needed for the Front Line Staff who get paid a pittance to do all the work that Ms Scott & Co would not have a clue about. I wonder if the Executive Team are all Conservatives or do they just get brain washed once they get the Job ? brasstacks
  • Score: 9

1:38pm Fri 27 Jun 14

beetawix says...

if Jane Scott is correct that ousting two unnecessary executives saves nearly a quarter of a million quid, what is the money to be used for?
How about a reduction in council tax. It would seem fair if it is correct that executives have been given highly paid employment for years for no apparent reason.
if Jane Scott is correct that ousting two unnecessary executives saves nearly a quarter of a million quid, what is the money to be used for? How about a reduction in council tax. It would seem fair if it is correct that executives have been given highly paid employment for years for no apparent reason. beetawix
  • Score: 6

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