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Joint exec director set to be appointed to third role

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Waverley BC has proposed to appoint the joint executive director of East Hampshire DC and Havant BC as its interim managing director.

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tom horwood

Tom Horwood

A report to be considered by full council on 18 July recommends the appointment of Tom Horwood after Waverley’s current executive director Paul Wenham agreed to leave the council “by mutual consent”.

Under the interim arrangements Mr Horwood will work at Waverley for two to four days a week for up to six months.

Waverley leader Julia Potts (Con) said Mr Horwood’s experience fitted with the council’s aspirations of “exemplary customer service, economic growth, place-making and generating income”.

She added: “Mr Horwood will bring a fresh perspective and innovative, new ideas to Waverley. [This is] exactly what is needed for us to transform the council so we can continue to deliver the best services for our residents.”

East Hampshire leader Richard Millard (Con) said the arrangement would facilitate joint working across the three councils and was “the right approach for local authorities to be taking”.

In his 16 years working for Waverley, Mr Wenham has held the positions of director of finance and deputy chief executive. He has been executive director since January 2014.

Commenting on his departure, Mr Wenham said: “With the proposed budget and transformation plans highlighted in the strategic review we feel that it is now time to pass on the baton.”

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