Appointments have been agreed or recommended to five of the six posts heading up a joint approach to strengthening services for children, families and adults in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
The decision was made after both the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Employment Committees met on Friday.
- Wendi Ogle-Welbourn - currently interim joint director across both the County and City Councils - was confirmed in her role
- Charlotte Black – currently Service Director Older People’s Services and Mental Health at Cambridgeshire County Council was appointed in the joint director role covering Adult services
- Will Patten – currently Children, Families and Adults Transformation Director at Cambridgeshire County council was appointed in the joint director role covering Commissioning (CCC contract)
- Adrian Chapman - currently Service Director for Adult Services and Communities at Peterborough City Council was appointed, subject to confirmation by the Peterborough City CouncilEmployment Committee,to the joint director role of Community and Safety role
- And Lou Williams – currently Service Director, Children’s Services & Safeguarding at Peterborough City Council was appointed, subject to confirmation by the Peterborough City Council Employment Committee,as the joint director of Children’s Services
No appointment was made to the joint director of Education role, which now go to national external advert.
A number of the existing roles were vacant and covered by interim appointments pending this decision.
The benefits of a joint approach include working with partners and a strengthened focus on a potential second devolution deal focussed on social care and tackling deprivation. The shared management arrangements will also lead to savings of just over £1m for Cambridgeshire County Council and £200k for Peterborough City Council.
Wendi Ogle-Welbourn – a qualified social worker who brings 30 years’ experience in authorities across the south east including Essex and Bedfordshire - was appointed last October in the temporary joint role of executive director of children, family and adult services at Cambridgeshire County Council and corporate director of people and communities at Peterborough City Council.
The success of this joint arrangement, mirrors the two councils’ earlier decision to share the post of Chief Executive – Gillian Beasley, and that of Director of Public Health - Liz Robin.
Cambridgeshire County Council leader Steve Count said: “The calibre of senior officers across the two councils was evident to the joint appointment committees who met on Friday. We were happy to be able to confirm the appointments to both councils.’
“Instituting this new management structure will allow us to realise more long-term benefits around better buying power, efficiencies in costs and working with our partners in health, criminal justice and other parts of local and national government.
“But in particular it allows us to capitalise on opportunities presented by Devolution, as Cambridgeshire and Peterborough have talked about a second Devolution deal with a focus on tackling areas of multiple deprivation and integrating health and social care. With a joint structure we can speak with one voice and maximise our effectiveness.
“But at the same time, this in no way diminishes either councils' sovereignty as both sets of councillors will continue to make the best local decisions for their own residents through the usual governance processes.”
Peterborough City Council leader councillor John Holdich said: “I am delighted with the wealth of experience represented by the officers who’ve been appointed to these joint roles - which is essential because these services are vital for so many vulnerable people.
“Peterborough and Cambridgeshire councils already work well together, and by introducing this new management structure we can do better and go further - pooling expertise, sharing skills and removing duplication.
“We will also use this joint arrangement to buy services better for our residents through our joint purchasing panel. This should allow us to save money to reinvest in these much needed services.”