Concern as Senior SNC Staff Leave for Oxfordshire
|Author: Martin Johns - Lib Dem||Published: 4th July 2018 17:53|
The Oxford Mail is reporting that Yvonne Rees, currently joint chief executive for South Northants and Cherwell Council, is set to be approved as the new chief executive for Cherwell and Oxfordshire County Council.
In effect this poaching of SNC’s chief executive (who was shared with Cherwell) is the first concrete local impact of the forced move to Unitary Government in Northamptonshire.
Liberal Democrat, and Opposition Leader at SNC, Councillor Chris Lofts explained: “I certainly do not blame any experienced manager for reading the writing on the wall and choosing to leave at this time of uncertainty. The Conservative’s total mismanagement of Northamptonshire County Council has caused an earthquake to ripple through all local government in our county.
What is particularly concerning is that SNC runs the risk of losing many of its senior managers in the run up to Unitary Government. It has emerged that the Tory Leadership at SNC have allowed all recent senior appointments to be directly employed by Cherwell Council. None of the current Directors on the management team is directly employed by South Northants Council.”
Councillor Chris Lofts added: “It is incredible that the Tory run administration at SNC has allowed Cherwell to effectively snatch all of what had been considered, jointly employed Directors. Were the Cabinet sleeping when the employment contracts were drawn up? This means our services could lose focus and residents may lose out over the coming months.”
Liberal Democrat Councillor Martin Johns added: “It appears that SNC has been mugged. The rather cosy relationship between Cherwell and SNC Conservatives seems to have benefited Oxfordshire rather than our residents here in Northamptonshire. As the councils separate it could be South Northamptonshire that are left in the lurch with temporary appointments whilst Cherwell retains the most senior and experienced managers.”