John Ritchie has over 27 years experience in the public and private sector construction and housing industries. He had an ONC and HNC in Admin, HND in Construction, a Post Graduate Diploma in Housing and is a member of the I.M.B.M.
A previous employee of the authority he worked in the housing, engineers and surveyors departments before moving to the environmental health department at Spalding. He then moved into the private sector construction industry. For the past five years he has worked in Nottingham for the city council's housing direct works organisation where he turned round a huge deficit in Bulwell.
The DSO currently operates seven contracts including refuse collection and leisure management and employs a workforce of 219 people.
Chief executive John Fotherby said: 'Morale has been very low amongst the workers, as they feel they are being blamed for what has happened, but with a new face in charge this will change for the better and we can hopefully have a happy workforce once again. My long term aim is to make the DSO one of the most profitable in the country, after all we have the quality craftsmen, a highly motivated workforce and the expertise to achieve this'.