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Bolton announces new chief executive

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Bolton MBC has announced the identity of the man it intends to appoint as its chief executive.

Tony Oakman, who is currently Dudley MBC’s deputy chief executive, has been recommended for the role currently held by Margaret Asquith. She is due to retire at the end of March but Mr Oakman is expected to take up his new role early next year, subject to his appointment being approved by Bolton’s full council tomorrow.

Tony Oakman

Tony Oakman

Tony Oakman

Mr Oakman, who lives in Wigan, said: “As an adopted northerner who has lived in the north west for the last 30 years, it is a great privilege and honour to be given the opportunity to work in Bolton. I am passionate about the opportunity to work on behalf of local people and committed to delivering regeneration in the borough and improving opportunities for residents.”

Bolton leader Cliff Morris (Lab) said: “Tony has a passion for working in public service and more than 30 years’ experience in local government.

“He will be a great asset to the council at a time when we have to make significant savings, transform services and maintain community outcomes despite reducing resources. He shares our values and understands the challenges that face us and I have no doubt he will be an outstanding chief executive.”

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