Rotherham Council to bring in new interim chief executive on £160,000 salary

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A new £160,000 per year interim chief executive is to be appointed by Rotherham Council in the wake of the town’s child abuse scandal.

The council is due to hire former Bristol City Council chief executive Jan Ormondroyd to the temporary post while efforts continue to find a permanent replacement for outgoing boss Martin Kimber, who is leaving in the wake of the explosive Jay report.

Ms Ormondroyd is set to take up the job on November 3.

Her appointment needs to be agreed at the authority’s next full council meeting on Wednesday, October 22.

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Phil Howe, director of human resources, said that with Mr Kimber due to leave his post at the end of the year, it has been decided a new interim chief executive is needed as the fall-out from the Jay report continues.

He said: “After taking advice from the council’s improvement board it was determined that initially it would be in the council’s interests to appoint an interim chief executive to help guide the council through a period of time which would include the ongoing responses to the Jay report, the Ofsted inspection of children’s services - including working with the newly appointed commissioner, Malcolm Newsam - and the corporate governance inspection.”

Mr Howe said that following interviews earlier this month, the council’s appointments panel reached a ‘unanimous conclusion’ that Ms Ormondroyd was the right person for the job.

He said Ms Ormondroyd was an experienced chief executive, having previously held the post in Bristol and Suffolk, as well as being a former deputy chief executive in Hull.

Mr Howe said she has previously help lead ‘change and improvement programmes’ in her past jobs at struggling councils.

He added: “She has wide experience of partnership working demonstrated by outcomes for example of improved educational performance and services for looked-after children deemed ‘good’ by inspectors.

“Arrangements will commence shortly, with the assistance of the interim chief executive, to seek a permanent appointment to the post.”

Ms Ormondroyd left Bristol City Council in July 2012 to take early retirement to spend more time with her family, after her partner was diagnosed with a terminal illness.