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Birmingham City Council appoints Solihull Chief Executive to top position

Birmingham City Council appoints Solihull Chief Executive to top position

🕔20.Dec 2013

Birmingham City Council has announced that Mark Rogers has been appointed as Chief Executive. Rogers has been Chief Executive of Solihull Borough Council since 2007. He will replace the outgoing Stephen Hughes in February 2014.

In a press statement announcing the move, Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “I am very pleased to welcome Mark as Chief Executive from the beginning of March next year, as Stephen Hughes retires at the end of February, providing continuity at such a critical time for the city council.” He also described Rogers as “full of ideas” as well as a “reflective and innovative individual.”

The appointment will come as little surprise given Rogers previous experience as Director of Children’s Services and background in Special Education Needs. Sir Albert will undoubtedly want to send a strong message that the council is able to get a hold on Birmingham’s struggling children’s services ahead of inspections in January.

Mark Rogers said he was “looking forward to making contributions to big challenges – reducing inequality and tackling poverty; bringing in more investment and creating new jobs; and ensuring that the people of Birmingham have a say in their future and how the city council spends its diminishing resources.”

Rogers emphasised his experience in children’s services: “I will also bring my experiences of working successfully in children’s services to ensure that Birmingham is one of the best places for children and young people to grow up and be safe and successful.”

Rogers’ appointment will go for Council approval on 7th January but will not inherit the job in its current form. A restructure of Birmingham City Council’s senior management was announced in September after current Chief Executive, Stephen Hughes, confirmed his plans to retire.

The changes will reduce the number of directorates from five to three, and the senior officers’ pay bill by about £500,000. The new integrated role of Chief Executive and Director of Economy will include the statutory position of Head of Paid Service.

Mr Rogers has been chief executive at Solihull Council for six years. Before that he was director of children’s services.

It’s not known who Mr Rogers beat off to get the job, although Martin Reeves, the chief executive of Coventry City Council is reported to have applied for the job. The strongest internal candidate was likely to have been Birmingham’s economic development and planning strategic director Mark Barrow.

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