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Council: another senior officer to leave

Council: another senior officer to leave

🕔23.Jun 2017

Paul Dransfield has announced he is set to leave Birmingham city council after 10 years at the top of the local authority.

A former deputy chief executive and strategic director responsible for finance, Mr Dransfield has latterly been working in a “hybrid role” on areas mainly in transition, most of which will now be fitted into the permanent council structure or taken on by the West Midlands Combined Authority. He also represents the council on a number of council-related companies or joint ventures as part of his role.

The work on major projects for the council will become part of the newly formed projects division of the Economy Directorate, led by Waheed Nazir. The work on the West Midlands Combined Authority ’s Investment Plan and the HS2 Growth Strategy will be incorporated into the permanent management structure of the Combined Authority.

The latest shake up to the top team comes as the Interim Chief Executive, Stella Manzie, has been reviewing the structure following the departure of Mark Rogers, as well as the proposed Forward Operating Model.

Chamberlain Files understands that the council will not start the formal recruitment process for a permanent chief executive until the Autumn. Appointments for the finance and young people’s roles will then follow.

Commenting on Mr Dransfield’s departure, Interim Chief Executive Stella Manzie said:

The visible impact of Paul’s contribution to Birmingham and to the council can be seen all over the city, not least in Grand Central where Paul played a major role in the project management of the development.

Paul has held a number of senior roles in the council and we wish him well.

He will leave the council on 31st July 2017, providing a “suitable period to complete handover arrangements including representation on relevant companies.”

As a consequence of the review of the senior management of Birmingham City Council which commenced in January 2017, the post of Strategic Director Major Projects and Programmes, held by Paul Dransfield is to be “deleted.”

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