The leadership team who will drive forward the brand new Buckinghamshire Council has been announced today.
Reporting directly to the new Unitary Council’s Chief Executive Rachael Shimmin will be six Corporate Directors, who have been appointed following a nationwide search and rigorous selection process.
Talking about the new appointments, Chief Executive Rachael Shimmin said: “I am delighted to announce that we have recruited a really strong senior team for the new Buckinghamshire Council. Their combination of skills and experience will put our new organisation in the best possible position as we go live in April 2020 and for the future. This is the start of our journey as we work together to improve how we deliver our services and make the very best of the opportunities that the new Unitary Council provides. Congratulations to all of those appointed; I look forward to working with each Corporate Director. I am excited for our future in making Buckinghamshire a great place to live, work, raise a family and do business.”
Pictured above: Sarah Ashmead, Richard Barker, Joe O’Sullivan, Gill Quinton, Ian Thompson & Tolis Vouyiouka
The new Council’s Corporate Management Team will be:
Sarah Ashmead – Deputy Chief Executive of Buckinghamshire Council
Sarah is currently the Director of Resources and Assistant Chief Executive at Buckinghamshire County Council. Sarah said: “I’ve been privileged to be part of the team working on setting up the new council, so am thrilled to be able to continue to contribute to its success. It is not often that you get the opportunity to form a brand new organisation so I’m excited by the possibilities ahead of us and the clear vision that we share for the future to meet the needs of residents and communities.”
Richard Barker – Corporate
Director for Communities
Richard has most recently worked as the Corporate Director of Communities at the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Richard said: “This is a genuinely unique opportunity in local government and I am thrilled to have been offered the role. I’m really looking forward to working with members, officers and partners across the county in helping shape and deliver the new Unitary authority, during what is an extremely exciting time for Buckinghamshire.”
Joe O’Sullivan – Corporate Director for Resources
Joe, a former Senior Officer in the Armed Forces, has most recently worked for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police as their Transformation Director. Joe said: “I am very pleased to be appointed, and I am looking forward to working with all of the committed, professional staff in the current four District Councils and the County Council to bring in the new Unitary authority for Buckinghamshire next year. I know we can deliver a great service for all our residents and partners.”
Gill Quinton – Corporate Director for Adult Services and Health
Gill is currently Executive Director for Communities Health and Social Care at Buckinghamshire County Council. Gill said: “Having headed up Communities, Health and Social Care at the County Council previously, I know the incredible challenges ahead of us. I am confident that our new Council, my Corporate Management Team colleagues and our experienced officers will together enable us to improve services, work together better and create ways to deliver the best outcomes for all.”
Ian Thompson – Corporate Director Planning, Growth and Sustainability
Ian is currently Corporate Director Regeneration and Economic Development / Regeneration and Local Services at Durham County Council. Ian said: “I am looking forward to joining the team of dedicated officers and elected members. Together I know that, working with partners, we will deliver the great services that the residents, communities and businesses of Buckinghamshire deserve through the new Council.”
Tolis Vouyioukas – Corporate Director Children’s Services
Tolis is currently Executive Director Children’s Services for Buckinghamshire County Council.
Tolis said: “I’m excited to be able to continue delivering the progress that we have been making on improving the services that the children and young people of Buckinghamshire need and deserve. We are determined to continue to improve outcomes for them and I am looking forward to the opportunities the new Buckinghamshire Council will offer us to build upon this work.”
The brand new Council for Buckinghamshire will replace the existing County and District Councils on 1 April 2020 and provide all local council services across the County. The thorough recruitment process was overseen by members of the Senior Appointment Sub Committee, made up of elected members from across the five current councils.