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New chief wants Brighton and Hove's potential fulfilled

A new council chief has pledged to “help the city achieve its potential”.

Penny Thompson, who was the head of the General Care Social Council, was appointed as Brighton and Hove City Council’s chief executive in October.

After six weeks of meeting and listening to people, she gave her first interview to The Argus yesterday.

Ms Thompson, who officially took up the £150,000 post on December 1, said: “It is a privilege and challenge being a local authority chief executive with such a diverse and fascinating set of responsibilities and demands.

“Brighton and Hove is a truly wonderful city with a huge potential for the future and the city council has an important role to play.

"I plan to build on progress made recently and to honour my commitment to leading an organisation where accountabilities and purpose are clear and delivery is our main focus.

“I look forward to working with staff, partners and elected members of all political parties to help the city fulfil its potential.”

A 30-day consultation on reshaping the senior management structure at the local authority began yesterday. The Argus understands this will see the creation of a deputy chief executive post.

However, unlike the previous “intelligent commissioning” model introduced by previous chief executive John Barradell, there will be no additional costs to the taxpayer.

To see a full in-depth interview with Ms Thompson, see the Wednesday, December 19 edition of The Argus.

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9:45am Tue 18 Dec 12

NickBrt says...

If its a 'consultation' how come they've already decided to have a deputy post? Not really consultative is it?!
If its a 'consultation' how come they've already decided to have a deputy post? Not really consultative is it?! NickBrt
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9:51am Tue 18 Dec 12

Hove Actually says...

A new council chief has pledged to “help the city achieve its potential” Also Fireman pledges to put out fires and Postman pledges to deliver letters......

Why does she feel the need to pledge to do the job she was recruited to do? unless she has a cunning plan to recruit a deputy to do the work....Oh yes she does
A new council chief has pledged to “help the city achieve its potential” Also Fireman pledges to put out fires and Postman pledges to deliver letters...... Why does she feel the need to pledge to do the job she was recruited to do? unless she has a cunning plan to recruit a deputy to do the work....Oh yes she does Hove Actually
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9:55am Tue 18 Dec 12

Crystal Ball says...

If the "potential" could be defined it might clarify what is hoping to be achieved.

Don't you love the vagueness and ambiguity the Council tends to use in so many matters?
If the "potential" could be defined it might clarify what is hoping to be achieved. Don't you love the vagueness and ambiguity the Council tends to use in so many matters? Crystal Ball
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10:02am Tue 18 Dec 12

SGK2000 says...

I expect she soon spotted the potential for another early retirement & huge severence package.
I expect she soon spotted the potential for another early retirement & huge severence package. SGK2000
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10:07am Tue 18 Dec 12

funkyyoyo says...

lets hope
she pledges to sort the illegally marked parking bays out as that last muppet ignored weatherleys lettters!!!
lets hope she pledges to sort the illegally marked parking bays out as that last muppet ignored weatherleys lettters!!! funkyyoyo
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10:20am Tue 18 Dec 12

peterthomas says...

Wonderfully glossy and hollow corporate speak language that tells us nothing!! Sort the roads and parking out and start prosecuting dangerously delinquent cyclists and you will have made a start!!
Wonderfully glossy and hollow corporate speak language that tells us nothing!! Sort the roads and parking out and start prosecuting dangerously delinquent cyclists and you will have made a start!! peterthomas
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10:58am Tue 18 Dec 12

pperrin says...

Seems the other comments have covered most of it.

I'd still like to know what return we council tax payers got from Barradell's 'intelligent commissioning' didn't he bail just before it was supposed to start paying us back for the investment?
Seems the other comments have covered most of it. I'd still like to know what return we council tax payers got from Barradell's 'intelligent commissioning' didn't he bail just before it was supposed to start paying us back for the investment? pperrin
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12:06pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Fairfax Sakes says...

Don't do it! Stay away from your potential. You'll mess it up, it's potential, leave it. Anyway,
it's like your bank balance - you always have a lot less than you think.
-Dylan Moran-
Don't do it! Stay away from your potential. You'll mess it up, it's potential, leave it. Anyway, it's like your bank balance - you always have a lot less than you think. -Dylan Moran- Fairfax Sakes
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6:21pm Tue 18 Dec 12

B G Gruff says...

only 30 days to work out what she wants to do. this is already an improvement on barradell who took 100 days before he made his first pronouncement... and what happened to 'intelligent commissioning'? did it actually happen? well done whoever gave him that job.
only 30 days to work out what she wants to do. this is already an improvement on barradell who took 100 days before he made his first pronouncement... and what happened to 'intelligent commissioning'? did it actually happen? well done whoever gave him that job. B G Gruff
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9:52pm Tue 18 Dec 12

trystero says...

SGK2000 wrote:
I expect she soon spotted the potential for another early retirement & huge severence package.
Indeed - that £320K "retirement" package was four years ago, and she's only had the one Quango "job" since....

".. and what happened to 'intelligent commissioning'?" Ah, that'd be down to the last lot, under Mears. Still, I blame "The Greens". For everything.
[quote][p][bold]SGK2000[/bold] wrote: I expect she soon spotted the potential for another early retirement & huge severence package.[/p][/quote]Indeed - that £320K "retirement" package was four years ago, and she's only had the one Quango "job" since.... ".. and what happened to 'intelligent commissioning'?" Ah, that'd be down to the last lot, under Mears. Still, I blame "The Greens". For everything. trystero
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