03:57AM, Monday 01 April 2013
The senior officer appointed to the newly-created job of managing director for the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead has said one of his key tasks is to 'make sure the council delivers what it was elected for'.
A shake-up of senior management at the council has seen the traditional post of chief executive scrapped in favour of a new structure that will save £200,000 a year.
Chief operating officer Mike McGaughrin has been promoted to managing director and will be supported by children's services director Angela Wellings, adult service's director Christabel Shawcross and a director of operations yet to be appointed.
He took the position in January.
The new operating model starts from today and replaces the former structure of a chief executive supported by four directors.
Mike, who has moved from Harrogate and joined the borough in April last year, will also take on the role of managing the council's corporate services.
He describes himself as a 'first amongst equals' alongside the revised directorial team.
"The system will force the directors to strive harder towards improving their sectors," he said.
"They can now be more responsive and work closer to the front line because there is less of a distance between them and the top, which is myself."
The role is Mike's first experience of heading up a council operation after working in both the financial sectors and in senior operations positions. Previous employers included Bradford & Bingley.
"There is a political dynamic that I have to learn about which is very different from the private sector," added the 59-year-old, who is renting a property in Henley while looking for a permanent home in the area.
He added: "One of my core duties is to make sure the council deliver what they were elected for."
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