We won't be sharing a boss with Malvern and Wychavon, says Worcester City Council's leadership

Worcester News: Duncan Sharkey, managing director of the city council Duncan Sharkey, managing director of the city council

THE leader of Worcester City Council has ruled out sharing a chief executive with Malvern and Wychavon - saying he does not want to get involved in the surprise talks.

Councillor Adrian Gregson says he wants the city to "continue to forge its own identity" with Duncan Sharkey, who earns £106,882 a year as managing director, still at the helm.

As your Worcester News revealed last week, both district councils in Malvern and Wychavon have announced they are looking to share one top boss to save money.

Cllr Gregson's stance comes despite Worcester's Conservative Party not ruling anything out.

He said: "I am aware of their plans but it's not something we've considered joining.

"I do have a lot of contact with the leaders in Malvern and Wychavon over very specific issues, like the South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) the Local Enterprise Partnership strategy, and with our shared services, so we do work quite closely.

"But when we took control of the council one year ago we identified stability as a key, and we want to continue to form our own identity.

"We haven't had any discussions - what they do on it is their call."

Councils across the country, which are faced with huge funding cuts, are being actively encouraged by financial sweeteners from the Government to share bosses.

The Government's 'Transition Challenge Fund' offers them an incentive to change structures.

Worcester's opposition Tory group says it would be open minded to any ways that save money.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, group leader, said: "If we were in control we'd be prepared to have a much wider discussion about commissioning our services, which means we might need people at the top with different skill sets to now.

"Initially we'd need our own person at the top, but in the longer-term it becomes a much wider discussion about 'do we need a smaller structure to accommodate these changes'.

"But I wouldn't look at it as a single issue. It's about finding the best people to help shape services and deliver best value for money."

Chris Bocock, chief of executive at Malvern and Jack Hegarty, managing director at Wychavon, both earn individually between £100,000 and £107,004 a year.

The talks were formally announced last week and could lead to one of them departing in a money-saving tactic.

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6:36pm Wed 21 May 14

Hwicce says...

So the turkey doesn't want to vote for Christmas - no surprise there then.
So the turkey doesn't want to vote for Christmas - no surprise there then. Hwicce
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7:44pm Wed 21 May 14

CJH says...

Hwicce wrote:
So the turkey doesn't want to vote for Christmas - no surprise there then.
But remember that the turkey always gets stuffed...
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: So the turkey doesn't want to vote for Christmas - no surprise there then.[/p][/quote]But remember that the turkey always gets stuffed... CJH
  • Score: 3

10:16pm Wed 21 May 14

Hwicce says...

CJH wrote:
Hwicce wrote:
So the turkey doesn't want to vote for Christmas - no surprise there then.
But remember that the turkey always gets stuffed...
There's hope....
[quote][p][bold]CJH[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: So the turkey doesn't want to vote for Christmas - no surprise there then.[/p][/quote]But remember that the turkey always gets stuffed...[/p][/quote]There's hope.... Hwicce
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10:23am Thu 22 May 14

Edna Welthorpe (Mrs) says...

Why not make Worcestershire into a unitary authority? This would save on not just multiple chief executives, but also on multiple personnel departments, multiple treasurers' departments, etc.
Why not make Worcestershire into a unitary authority? This would save on not just multiple chief executives, but also on multiple personnel departments, multiple treasurers' departments, etc. Edna Welthorpe (Mrs)
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8:32am Fri 23 May 14

Hwicce says...

I would love Worcestershire to become Unitary.

Unfortunately to make it happen we would need a whole flock of turkeys to vote for Christmas and they are much keener on protecting their allowances than they are in serving the electorate.
I would love Worcestershire to become Unitary. Unfortunately to make it happen we would need a whole flock of turkeys to vote for Christmas and they are much keener on protecting their allowances than they are in serving the electorate. Hwicce
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