New Chief Executive Of Highland Council Takes Up Job
2nd September 2013
The Highland Councilís new Chief Executive, Steve Barron, took over at the helm of the organisation on Monday 2nd September 2013.
He replaces Alistair Dodds, who has retired after 22 years with the Council, the last six as Chief Executive.
He said: ďThere are tremendous opportunities ahead for the people of the Highlands and the main challenge of my job is to make sure we capitalise on these opportunities. There is nowhere else Iíd rather be.Ē
Mr Barron joined the Council as Director of Housing and Property early in 2008 and has also been Depute Chief Executive since September, 2011. He had previously worked as managing director of Robertsons Facilities Management, Inverness, for eight years and prior to that 13 years in the health service in Lothian and Highland, where he was Head of Facilities with the former Highland Primary Care Trust.
Married with three sons, he was educated at Lochardil Primary School and Inverness Royal Academy.
From 2 September 2013 Mr Barronís position as Director of Housing and Property is being filled on an interim basis of four months by Tracey Urry, the Councilís Housing and Property Manager for Inverness, Nairn and Badenoch and Lochaber.
Mr Barron will use this period of four months to review the way Council services are delivered.
Recent outcomes of Redesign work were noted by Members at yesterday's Highland Council meeting. In the first year of the programme, 8 redesign projects were undertaken using a "Lean" approach and 36 staff have been trained as facilitators.
Motorists are being advised that The Highland Council is currently preparing to carry out resurfacing works at the following locations: ‚ÄĘ B862 Fort Augustus - Whitebridge - Torness - Dores ‚Äď Inverness Road; specifically at Errogie Village (North Gateway), Errogie Village (South Gateway), and Compass Farm; and ‚ÄĘ B851 Errogie ‚Äď Strathnairn ‚Äď Daviot Bridge ‚Äď Culloden Moor Road; specifically at Aberarder House. Advanced works notification signage will be provided at various locations from Thursday 15 March 2018.
The Highland Council has agreed a capital programme of ¬£482m over the next 5 years. The Highland Council serves the largest geographical area in Scotland (over 30%) and has just under ¬£2bn of assets on its balance sheet comprising, amongst other things, 203 operational schools, over 6,700km of roads and over 2,000 properties.
The Highland Council's Enforcement Officers have stepped up patrols in Caithness in a move to tackle the problem of littering, fly tipping and dog fouling. A number of fixed penalty notices have been issued recently including an ¬£80 fine for dog fouling in the Stafford Lane and Back Bridge area of Wick, a ¬£200 fine for fly-tipping on Ackergill Street and another ¬£80 fine for dog fouling in Lybster.
Speaking ahead of today's Council meeting to agree the Council's Capital Programme for 2018/19 to 2022/23, Cllr Margaret Davidson, Leader of the Highland Council said:- "This programme delivers significant investment in a range of key projects across the Highlands. We are investing in schools, roads, bridges, harbours and flood prevention schemes that will benefit our communities.
Highland Council is to make a special case for extra capital investment in the road infrastructure after a winter period which has seen the Highlands battered by some 57 days of severe weather. Highland Council area is particularly subject to severe winter weather, which has a significant impact on the roads and other infrastructure.
Maps of the Council's gritting routes by priority and policy are available online at www.highland.gov.uk/gritting. The information provided is a summary of reports from operational staff and is intended to give a general indication of typical conditions in each area at a point in time.
The ¬£48.5m Wick Community Campus built by Morrison Construction has been announced as a finalist at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence 2018. The project is entered in the category for "Excellence in Planning for a Successful Economy" against eight other finalists from across the UK with the winner to be announced during a ceremony at Milton Court Concert Hall on 24 May 2018.
A Partnership for Procurement event was held in Inverness today (Thursday 6 March) to raise awareness and the capability of the third sector to successfully bid, supply and deliver services for the public sector. Partnership for Procurement (P4P) is a new initiative funded through the Scottish Government's 10 Year Social Enterprise Strategy; supporting social enterprises and third sector organisations to better access public contracts and build partnerships.
Across the Northern Alliance local authorities an exciting project has been rolled out to raise attainment in literacy, language and communication. The programme is being delivered in around 50% of primary schools across the Northern Alliance and is aimed at supporting practitioners to take a developmental approach to supporting early literacy development.
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