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Second director quits at Gloucester City Council

By citizenmike  |  Posted: April 18, 2014

By Mike Wilkinson, Public Affairs reporter

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Former chief executive Julian Wain departed in March

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One of the two remaining top directors at Gloucester City Council has quit his job just weeks after chief executive Julian Wain departed.

Peter Gillett, director of resources, had just taken on the role of sharing Mr Wain’s job with Martin Shields, director of neighbourhoods and services, after councillors agreed not to replace the chief executive.

But council staff were told in an e-mail last week that Mr Gillett himself is now leaving the local authority after being offered a top job at Bristol City Council.

Council leader Paul James has sought to allay staff fears that the authority is becoming headless but admitted that the timing of the departure was not ideal.

Mr James said: “In an ideal world, following recent events, we would not have wanted another change to the senior management team so soon. But I congratulate Peter Gillett on securing such an important role and I take pride that a major authority such as Bristol has recruited one of our officers into a senior position.

“I am very conscious that senior management capacity at the council is stretched and we will be not be looking to take this post as a saving.

“However, we will consider the most effective way we can use the resources available to contribute to the overall performance of the organisation and to the council’s priorities.”

Family man Mr Gillett is thought to be departing the city council in mid-July as he relocates to Bristol with his wife and children.

His relocation also leaves the council without a returning officer after the May 22 city and European elections, although it is like that Mr Shields will step into the breach.

Councillors previously expressed concerns that not replacing Mr Wain, who left his £110,000 post in March, could put too much pressure on the top of the organisation.

The council agreed to trial running the authority without a chief executive for six months, with Mr Gillett and Mr Shields effectively running the show together.

But councillor Kate Haigh, leader of the Labour group, warned: “It is really important that this is for six months so that we can have a proper review to see if it works.”

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7 comments

  • MrGarnet  |  April 21 2014, 4:46PM

    LOL!! It is back up, but you cannot comment on it!!

  • MrGarnet  |  April 19 2014, 8:33PM

    I agree Jenny.He should put up or put his response on. Shame on this newspaper for taking the articles off.

  • JemmyWood  |  April 19 2014, 1:48PM

    Uk_socrates, the 'official' line on twitter is that the article received a whole ONE complaint (It won't take Einstein to guess where that came from) and is being 'discussed'. I really hope that Dick Graham or one of his Tory minions hasn't put pressure on the Citizen to remove it, because that would be wrong on so many levels. If Dick Graham doesn't want bad press or doesn't like the response he gets, he should learn to keep his big mouth shut. The article proved to my mind, that he is completely out of touch and hasn't got the first clue about the city he currently represents.

  • uk_socrates  |  April 19 2014, 12:51PM

    Hows comes the Richard Graham MP articles on foodbanks have been taken down.........?

  • SELINA30  |  April 18 2014, 10:07PM

    Gloucester bucking the national trend.

  • Kay_Powell  |  April 18 2014, 8:54PM

    Two down, one to go! Who needs directors or managers, anyway? Headless chickens cope perfectly well, don't they? ;)

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  • Apothegm_  |  April 18 2014, 5:47PM

    Surely the obvious solution to Peter Gillett's departure is, for a second time, to promote Sadie Neal, Julian Wain's partner, to become the new Director of Resources?

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