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Executive Director appointments are key for council

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley Council has made two key appointments to its senior management team.

Colette Dutton and Julie Moss, both of whom already work for the Authority, will take up the roles of Executive Director (Children) and Executive Director (Health and Wellbeing).  The positions also carry the statutory responsibilities of Director of Children’s Services and Director of Adult Social Care respectively.

Julie Moss, Knowsley Council's new Executive Director (Health and Wellbeing)

Julie Moss, Knowsley Council’s new Executive Director (Health and Wellbeing)

Colette and Julie have been with the council for a number of years, and their appointments reflect the commitment and impact made across their respective services.

Mike Harden, Chief Executive of Knowsley Council, commented: “The appointment of two strong internal candidates into these crucially important roles is a very positive move for us.  Both Colette and Julie have made a significant impact on service delivery and support for our most vulnerable residents and their permanent appointments will mean that we can build on and continue the approach which has served us so well in recent years.

“Colette and Julie are extremely capable and driven individuals and we are lucky to have them.”

Colette Dutton had been carrying out the role of Executive Director (Children) on an interim basis since November 2017.  Julie Moss was previously responsible for Adult Social Care and will take on a wider remit across health and wellbeing.  She will work closely with NHS England and the Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group to build strong partnership approaches to the wider health agenda in the area and Liverpool City Region.

Colette Dutton, Knowsley Council’s new Colette Dutton, Knowsley Council’s new Executive Director (Children)

As a result of these latest appointments, the council has also been able to review other senior officer positions and has been able to save £235,000 by deleting two senior posts.  After these recent changes, all the council will be spending £6.5m less annually on its senior officer arrangements than it was in 2010.  Knowsley’s senior officer posts have reduced by half in that time (compared to a workforce reduction of 30%).