North Norfolk council launches management review following resignation of senior officers

Sheila Oxtoby with Tom FitzPatrick (left) leader of North Norfolk District Council and Graham Plant

Sheila Oxtoby with Tom FitzPatrick (left) leader of North Norfolk District Council and Graham Plant (right) Leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council. Pictured in the Assembly Room in the Town Hall in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

A local authority hit by the loss of senior officers to a neighbouring council is to launch a review of its management structure.

The move by North Norfolk District Council follows the poaching of three of its bosses by Great Yarmouth Borough Council.

Chief executive Sheila Oxtoby, head of human resources Julie Cooke and head of finance Karen Sly had been working for both councils as part of a shared services agreement.

NNDC Cabinet members voted last week to end the arrangement, which had been running since November.

Now the authority is set to launch a strategic business review to consider its future management structure.

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Council leader Tom FitzPatrick said: 'North Norfolk had entered into the interim shared management arrangements on the basis of good faith, openness and transparency.

'I have now written to GYBC Council Leader ending the interim shared management agreement in order that North Norfolk can focus on the handover to the new management structure we will need to put in place.'

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He added: 'As an authority North Norfolk remains totally committed to delivering on our four year plan for our communities and that's where our focus will remain.

'Cabinet believes that as an authority North Norfolk District Council requires its own dedicated management team. We will carry out a strategic management review to ensure we can deliver the programme of work we are elected to deliver and the savings we need.'

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