Luton link up will not leave Breckland with part-time chief exec, new interim chief exec says
06:30 25 January 2013
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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.
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.