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Wednesday, 11 March 2009


South Ayrshire Council appoints new senior management team

SOUTH AYRSHIRE COUNCIL has appointed five new Heads of Service as part of a full scale review of its senior management team.

The move is a further step in the Council’s ongoing modernisation and improvement programme and follows the appointment of six new Heads of Service from within the Council’s existing staff team in December last year.


Councillor Hugh Hunter, Leader of South Ayrshire Council (pictured above) said: “We plan to be the most improved Council in Scotland and these appointments are part of the changes we are making to secure that position.

“We now have a highly skilled and ambitious senior management team who, along with our recently appointed Chief Executive and our three Executive Directors, will drive the delivery of improved services for the community of South Ayrshire.”

“As a Council we know we have a lot to do to bring about improvements for people who want to live, work and visit South Ayrshire.

“We have started on these changes over the last few months and today’s appointments will strengthen and support the capacity among our existing staff to continue with our modernisation programme.”

The five new Heads of Service appointments are:

Hugh Carswell, currently Acting Head of Children, Families and Criminal Justice and formerly Manager – Children and Families Services with South Ayrshire Council who is appointed as Head of Children’s Services.

David Alexander, currently Vice Principal Finance and Resources of Stevenson College who is appointed Head of Corporate Resources.

Mike Newall, currently Development Manager with Cala Homes who is appointed as Head of Planning and Enterprise.

Kenny Leinster, currently Senior Manager with Fife Council who is appointed as Head of Community Care and Housing.

Claire Monaghan who is currently Depute Director with Scottish Government and who is appointed as Head of Policy, Performance and Communication.

The new Heads of Service will take up their appointments during the next few weeks, and will join those who were appointed in January:

Head of Community Development: Roddy MacDonald
Head of Service and School Management: Brian McInroy
Head of Legal and Administration: Dan Russell
Head of Curriculum and Service Improvement: Margo Williamson
Head of HR and Organisational Development: Angela Wilson
Head of Customer and Community Services: Ian Woodburn

The post of Head of Property and Neighbourhood Services is the remaining post to be filled in the new senior management team and will be re-advertised.

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