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Birmingham bolsters senior management team

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Two senior officers have been appointed by Birmingham City Council as part of its process to boost its senior management team.

Nottingham City Council’s strategic director for organisational transformation Angela Probert has been named Birmingham’s strategic director for change and corporate services. This is a permanent position with an annual salary of between £138,000 and £153,000.

Meanwhile, Piali DasGupta, a senior advisor at the Local Government Association, will take up the assistant chief executive role on a two-year fixed term contract. The role had previously been advertised with a salary of between £82,000 and £91,000 a year.

A new assistant director for business change, on a salary of £78,000 to £87,000, is still required.

LGC reported in September how the Department for Communities & Local Government had handed Birmingham a £4.4m grant to bolster its senior management team.

The recruitment drive followed a mid-year report by the independent improvement panel which expressed expressed concerns that improvements would not be made unless the council increased its “strategic capacity”.

The panel was set up following Lord Kerslake’s review of the council in the wake of last year’s ‘Trojan Horse’ investigation, which found Birmingham’s senior management continued to be “extremely stretched”.

Mark Rogers, Birmingham’s chief executive, said he was “confident” the new appointments would “make a significant contribution” to transforming the city council’s services.

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