Luton link up will not leave Breckland with part-time chief exec, new interim chief exec says

Trevor Holden Trevor Holden

Friday, January 25, 2013
6:30 AM

The first man to become chief executive of three councils in three counties has denied he will only be able to do the job part-time in Breckland.

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Trevor Holden was yesterday confirmed as interim chief executive of Breckland and South Holland councils, while remaining chief executive at Luton Council.

The 50-year-old former RAF wing commander had been Breckland’s top officer from 2007 to 2010.

He said: “This is an interim arrangement with no long-term aspiration for a tie-up between Luton, Breckland and South Holland. It’s about shared learning. It’s really testing the model of whether you can have a shared management in disparate locations.”

Mr Holden will remain a Luton Borough Council employee, and Breckland and South Holland will each pay Luton the equivalent of one day per week of his salary.

He told Breckland councillors he would not be doing three jobs, but the same job in three different locations, and would be accountable to all three authorities at all times.

He said although technology would allow him to work on issues in any borough regardless of his physical location, the need for visible leadership meant he would be seen regularly at each council.

Recommending Mr Holden’s appointment, council leader William Nunn said: “As an authority we are trying to push the parameters of shared services. I think this way of doing this and using someone to manage three tests that theory.”

Mr Holden’s appointment is for three months but could be extended with the agreement of councillors.

6 comments

  • Well, well, the BigX marks the spot. Spot on in fact. Can't go all the way to unitary and damage the burgeoning incomes of the party faithful, the bedrock of tory support who deliver all those lovely votes for George, Liz, Keith, etc. At a time when all public spending is meant to be under the microscope it is evident there are still sacred cows. If Trev is neither full time nor part time that must mean he's taking the money to doss around.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Why isn't this fellow being paid full whack by each authority? It's inconsistent with those twin-hatting sorts who are paid for being full-time by two authorities. Hold on though, if outside interests were pro-rated, heavens, no one would want to be a Conservative MP.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Will anybody notice if he is part-time..

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    Cynical Bob

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • It is very strange to think that not so very long ago William Nunn and his colleagues vehemently opposed moves towards a unitary authority in Norfolk. Now they seem to like the unitary idea but only as long as they can keep their jobs and expenses. Get rid of this middle tier of local government and the council taxpayers of Norfolk will save millions. Norfolk could save about £4 million alone in councillor expenses. Of course local Conservative party politics will never allow this as the expenses are used to boost the pay of people like party election agents. This country has big problems right now and it will need some radical and bold changes to sort it out.

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    BigX

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Of course he is going to be part time for all of them. Unless they have worked out how to clone him into triplets he can only give one third of his time to each authority. Has anyone in these authorities passed 11+ arithmetic?

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    alecto

    Friday, January 25, 2013

  • Enormous expenses bill

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    Jacob Burns

    Friday, January 25, 2013

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