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Executive Chief Officers appointed by The Highland Council

24th July 2019

Photograph of Executive Chief Officers appointed by The Highland Council

As part of The Highland Council's re-design, the Council has made three appointments to new posts of Executive Chief Officer.

Taking up appointment on 13 August 2019 is Liz Denovan , Executive Chief Officer - Resources and Finance; Carron McDiarmid, Executive Chief Officer - Customer and Communities takes up post in September and Lesley Weber starts on 25 September as Executive Chief Officer - Health and Social Care.

Liz Denovan brings nearly 30 years' experience to Highland Council having worked in demanding, fast-changing financial and political environments in both local government and the charity sector. In her spare time Liz volunteers with the Samaritans. She is currently Director of Finance and Operations at EMMS International (a Christian international healthcare charity) and was previously Corporate Finance Manager with East Lothian Council and Chief Accountant at Clackmannanshire Council.

Liz said: "I am so pleased to have been appointed as a member of the leadership team with The Highland Council and I look forward to leading and delivering the transformational change agenda creating a sustainable Highland Council.

"I welcome the opportunity to work with the communities to enable improved locally informed decision making, ensuring effective use of our resources in these financially challenging times.

"This is a wonderful opportunity and I am looking forward to working and living in such a beautiful part of Scotland that is The Highlands."

Carron McDiarmid has been a Head of Service in Highland Council for 14 years. During that time, she has led on several areas of corporate policy, performance, community engagement, change and redesign projects. She is currently the interim Chief Officer (Resources) for Community Services and will continue in this role until further Executive Chief officer appointments are made. She started her career as a graduate trainee in housing in Ross and Cromarty District Council and has worked in other public bodies and the Civil Service. Carron is a voluntary Board member of Inverness College UHI and has been involved in various voluntary and fund-raising groups over the 30 years she has lived in the Highlands.

Carron said: "I'm looking forward to working with staff, Members, community bodies and partners across the range of services involved in this role. There is a lot of good practice and community innovation to build on and opportunities to do even more."

Lesley Weber is currently Service Manager with Hackney Council's Children and Families Services leading on practice and the strategic response to domestic abuse and all forms of violence towards women and girls. She was previously a Senior Clinical Social Worker with Tavistock & Portman NHS Family Drug and Alcohol Court, Senior Social Worker with Islington Council and Social Worker with Ealing Council. In her spare time, Lesley occasionally undertakes independent social work assessments and guest lecturing. Prior to qualifying as a social worker, Lesley spent 4 years working in children's residential units in Renfrewshire. She brings 16 years professional experience to the Highlands.

Lesley said: "I'm really excited to be joining Highland Council at this time of change. I hope to bring with me not only the wealth of professional experience I have gained over the last 16 years but also my passion for working with and getting to know communities and the wider professional partnership. Having grown up in the Orkney Islands I'm also very much looking forward to returning to live and work in rural Scotland."

Leader of The Highland Council, Cllr Margaret Davidson said: "I am very pleased to welcome Carron, Liz and Lesley to the new management structure of The Highland Council which was approved in May. I look forward to their contributions in helping the Council to deliver its vision and objectives and to achieve better outcomes.

"Their posts are three of eight new senior appointments that will each have responsibility for a geographical area which will help to enhance local visibility and enable the Council to become better connected to communities at a local level. The Executive Chief Officer posts are being recruited over the coming months."

The Highland Council has already significantly reduced senior and middle management posts in recent years saving over £3.5M and is now reducing management layers further. The new structure will also deliver savings.

The Executive Chief Officer salaries are £91,196 and the posts will be as follows:

Resources and Finance

Health and Social Care

Customer and Communities

Performance and Governance

Education and learning

Property and Housing

Infrastructure and Environment

Transformation and Economy

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Carron McDiarmid

 

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