Nov 27 2013

Chief Executive to leave Harrow Council

harrow_council_logo2Michael Lockwood, chief executive of Harrow Council, is to leave the authority following a consultation process to delete his role.

Mr Lockwood said: “Having considered the proposals as part of the consultation process, I have decided after much thought that in the best interests of the council and for me personally, that I will leave the authority at the end of February 2014.

“I have really enjoyed my six-plus years as chief executive at Harrow Council, and I believe the council has come a long way.

“I have been grateful for the advice and support of councillors across all parties and for the superb partners we have in Harrow, which make it such a great place.

“I will be leaving knowing we have a very good senior management team and fantastic staff who, I am confident, will ensure that the council continues to go from strength to strength.”

A 30-day consultation process was launched on October 23 which proposed deleting the role of chief executive. Councillors have been recommended to appoint* one of the existing corporate directors as head of paid service to lead the council. This is an interim move which will be reviewed again following next May’s local authority elections.

Cllr Susan Hall, leader of Harrow Council, said: “With the council planning to make substantial savings over the coming years, it was only right that we looked at savings in management in order to protect front line services.

She continued, “Michael has played a key part in Harrow’s transformation journey and under his direction we have been able to redesign and improve services while balancing our budgets. I believe a leaner management structure is now right to take us forward as we enter a period of further intense financial pressure. Michael’s statutory duties will pass to Paul Najsarek, corporate director for community health and wellbeing, and I am confident this arrangement will give Harrow Council the stability and management it needs. Michael leaves with the thanks and best wishes of all officers and members for his tremendous contribution. “

The chief officers’ employment panel last night (Thur 26th November) made a recommendation that Paul Najsarek should be appointed as interim head of paid service. That decision is subject to confirmation by full council next February.

The Chief Officers’ Employment Panel  has approved a severance package consisting of a compensation payment of £30,000 and Mr Lockwood’s Local Government Pension Scheme lump sum payment entitlement of £138,651. Mr Lockwood will also receive an annual pension of £65,179 and his  last day of service with the authority will be 28 February 2014. Mr Lockwood’s salary on resignation was £183,097 a year.

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  1. j p hobbs

    When he leaves can he be presented with a camera of my choice ?

    1. Cllr Willy Stoodley

      Nice one!

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