December 12 2013 Latest news:
Donna-Louise Bishop, Reporter
Thursday, October 10, 2013
A new interim director has been appointed at Norfolk County Council following the current director‘s departure later this month.
The council has appointed Tom McCabe to be interim director of environment, transport and development (ETD) when current director, Mike Jackson, leaves the authority later this month.
The appointment as interim director is for six months, to allow NCC to make a permanent appointment following consideration next month of a new senior management structure for the council.
The married father-of-two said: “In my short time heading the highways team at Norfolk County Council I have been impressed by the commitment and professionalism of people working right across the department.
“It will be a privilege to lead the department through what is bound to be a very challenging period.
“What gives me confidence is that I know I can rely upon the support of a great many people. In return, I aim to make sure that, whatever the difficulties posed by shrinking budgets, we maintain a clear focus on doing the best we can for the people of Norfolk.”
A keen rugby union fan, Mr McCabe trained as a civil engineer in Ireland and has experience working in authorities across the country, including director level posts at Cheshire County Council and most recently at Shropshire Council, where he was responsible for services including transportation and highways, strategic planning, economic development, public protection and waste.
Since the beginning of this year Mr McCabe has been director of his own consultancy and, in early September, took on a part-time role with NCC to becoming interim head of the highways division of the ETD department.
He will take up the post on October 21, initially three days a week, becoming full-time from November 4.
Mr Jackson is leaving to become chief executive of North Somerset Council.