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Bolsover DC has appointed a new manager to take over at the helm of their direct services organisation. ...
Bolsover DC has appointed a new manager to take over at the helm of their direct services organisation.

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.

'One on my first objectives is to ensure we get back to a firm foundation, but he immediate priority is to win the repair and maintenance contract which is up for renewal in April. I fully understand the problems that have arisen over the past few months and I have already set up a series of meetings with my managers so we can set the objectives that both the workforce and the management have to achieve' he said.

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'.

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