The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Saturday, 31 March 2012

South Ayrshire Council appoints new Head of Human Resources

South Ayrshire Council has appointed Kate O’Hagan as its new Head of Human Resources (HR) and Organisational Development, following the departure of Angela Wilson, who has taken up a post as Executive Director at West Dunbartonshire Council.

Kate (pictured above) joins the Council from the Improvement Service where she was Head of Organisational Development for the last four years, helping shape the national agenda around all areas of organisational development including change management, service redesign and workforce planning across the public sector.

She also brings a wealth of operational HR experience from a number of roles including eight years as Human Resources Manager at North Lanarkshire Council.

In her new role, Kate will have responsibility for the strategic development and delivery of human resources, organisational development, payroll services and the organisational change agenda within the Council as well as the strategic development and implementation of customer services.

South Ayrshire Council chief executive David Anderson said: “We all know this is a challenging time for Councils across the country, and it’s vital we have the right people in place to take South Ayrshire where it needs to go. Kate will be a terrific addition to our Corporate Management Team, and will play a key role in helping shape our future.

“We’re all looking forward to working with her to continue the Council’s transformation journey over the coming months and years.”

Kate said she was looking forward to starting work at the Council. She added: “I’m delighted to be joining such a forward-thinking and dynamic local authority – South Ayrshire’s strategic approach to improvement is something that is recognised nationally, and something I was very keen to be part of.

“The Council has made significant progress in recent years, and I’m determined to play my part in continuing that progress and delivering for the people of South Ayrshire.”

Kate is married with a grown-up family. She will take up her post at the end of April.

South Ayrshire Council is a Founder Member of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.

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