Berwick Partners’ Local Government Appointments

Berwick Partners’ Local Government Appointments
Published: 19 October 2015

Some interesting assignments have led to successful appointments for Berwick Partners. Detailed below is a selection of roles we have recently appointed to:

Kent County Council

Head of Libraries, Registration and Archives & Director of Environment, Planning and Enforcement

The last period has seen us help Kent County Council build leadership capacity in the growth environment and transportation directorate, to that end we have helped appoint to the Environment, Planning & Enforcement Director post, a critical role shaping Kent’s growth.

Within the same directorate we helped to appoint the new Head of Libraries, Registration and Archives. The brief was to help Kent secure a candidate with the ability to transform the Libraries Service to deliver sustainable commercial opportunities for the service with a view to becoming a more forward looking and customer focused service for the communities of Kent.

London Borough of Haringey

Tottenham Programme Director

The Programme Director role, leading the regeneration of Tottenham had proved a tricky role for the London Borough of Haringey to fill. Earlier this year Berwick Partners was engaged to search for a diverse range of high calibre candidates who were both up to and up for this particular challenge. We looked across Public Service, into the Commercial Developer Communities and also brought an international dimension through our networks with our Odgers Berndtson colleagues.  By taking an intensive and iterative approach we were able to identify, engage and secure a strong shortlist enabling Haringey to confidently appoint to this key role.

London Borough of Ealing

Head of Regeneration & Borough Planner

The London Borough of Ealing has arguably one of the most dynamic and large scale regeneration and growth programmes anywhere in the capital. The council were looking to appoint to two new roles: Head of Regeneration and Borough Planner.

The UK has suffered from a significant shortage of qualified planners for the best part of a decade, something exacerbated by the recent public sector cuts. By carrying out a detailed national search, looking at candidates working both within local authorities and also private practices and consultancies we were able to produce a strong shortlist from which a successful appointment was made.

Similarly the Head of Regeneration role called for a candidate with very strong capital programme experience and commercial nous. This search again saw us target candidates working on both sides of the private and public sector interface, attracting candidates from developers, local authorities and arm’s length regeneration vehicles, leading to a strong shortlist of five candidates and another successful appointment.

London Councils

Investment Oversight Director & Chief Operating Officer

In what has been one of the most high profile and observed developments within the Local Government Pension Sector, London Councils the organisation that represents all 33 London authorities recently announced the creation of a Collective Investment Vehicle. Focusing on delivering economies of scale, efficiencies and best practice, the CIV will be a lean and yet highly skilled organisation. We were asked to support the appointment of the organisations Executive Directors and Chair and Non Executives.

The Executive roles, Chief Operating Officer and Investment Oversight Director, called specifically on candidates with highly sought after commercial skills and knowledge of the financial services sector. Concentrating our efforts on identifying candidates working within the investment sector, we also needed to be able to test candidates’ abilities to be able to transition into a public and political sector and candidates who would thrive in the dynamic and start up environment of the CIV. We were able to attract an exceptional candidate field of senior investment professionals, including both appointed candidates who were interested in making the move into such an innovative organisation.

Alexandra Palace

Chief Executive

Following a series of meetings with the Board of Alexandra Palace and also the London Borough of Haringey, the CEO’s employing body, we were tasked with carrying out an international search to find the very best talent. Appointed on the basis of our deep understanding of the issues facing Tottenham and our ability to reach out to a wide range of potential candidates from a broad range of settings, we carried out a detailed search process to assess and dig into more than just their technical abilities. 12 candidates were brought forward, six of whom met with the Chief Executive and Board of Haringey Council, subsequently, four were deemed appointable and a successful final appointment made.

For further information about our Local Government practice please contact Jonathan Clark, Partner and Head of the Public Sector Practice at Berwick Partners

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