Senior management restructure announced

Scottish Borders Council headquarters building

Published: Monday, 13th March 2017

Our current Corporate Management Team structure was implemented in 2014.

The intention was that it would be reviewed after it had been in place for a reasonable length of time to assess how roles and responsibilities had evolved.

On 9 February 2017 our budget was approved, within the context of a reduced settlement. Within the Financial Plan, a saving of £500k was identified linked to the Corporate Management Structure, with a further saving of £1million for restructuring across the organisation.

Changes to Corporate Management Team

As a result the Corporate Management Team has been consulted on a revised model which streamlines our management team, ensuring we are in the best place possible to meet the challenges facing public services now and in the coming years.

Phase one will see the Depute Chief Executive posts removed, achieving an annual saving of around £140,000.

Philip Barr the current Depute Chief Executive, Place, will take on a new portfolio within the senior management team.

Tracey Logan, Chief Executive of Scottish Borders Council

“The revised configuration we are putting in place streamlines the Council’s management team, ensuring we are in the best place possible to meet the challenges facing public services now and in the coming years.

“This follows on from changes three years ago, which delivered direct savings of £100,000 and allowed reinvestment of over £600,000 into services.”

Councillor Michael Cook, Executive Member for HR and Corporate Improvement

“The Council has an obligation to look forward to ensure structures are fit for purpose and through this restructure is building a senior management structure for the future.

“The Council is committed to positive change, and the way in which we deliver services and our structure is under constant review to ensure we continue to provide high quality services and value for money for local tax payers, especially at times such as this when local authorities are facing significant financial pressures.”

“I would like to put on record my thanks to Jeanette McDiarmid, Depute Chief Executive, People, for her hard work over the past three years, in particular the integration of health and social care, which has been a significant challenge for the Council over the past 18 months.

“She has very ably led our People department, delivering a great deal, and the department and colleagues have benefited from her expertise and experience.”