New borough council chiefs appointed

PUBLISHED: 15:00 24 September 2016

Nick Long

Nick Long


Three new directors have been appointed by the borough council as part of its management rejig.

Simone RussellSimone Russell

The restructuring, which involves the merging of some housing trust services with the council, has resulted in redundancies across the two bodies.

Amongst the casualties were council chiefs Pam Kettle, director of finance and operations, and Bob Baldock, director of governance and monitoring. However, the council has now appointed their replacements.

Nick Long, the current head of public health and protection, and Simone Chinman Russell, the housing trust’s director of operations, stepped into their shoes earlier this month.

Although the council officially had three director positions, it has recently been operating with two under chief executive Michel Saminaden, which it initially said would permanently replace the old structure.

However, the council has performed a U-turn, and is set to appoint Ka Ng, currently director of resources at Maldon District Council, to fill the final slot.

A council spokesman told the WHT: “Following further discussions with members and staff, and considering the decision of the incumbent directors not to go forward, it was agreed a three director model would offer better resilience and provide a stronger platform to find the most effective ways of working.”

The directors will each pocket roughly 90k a year.

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