Council appoints Acting Managing Director

Date: 
Friday, 3 November, 2017
Number: 
17-53

Brian Keane has been appointed the Acting Managing Director for Harlow Council.

Mr Keane’s appointment was agreed at last night’s (2 November 2017) Council meeting.

The interim appointment follows a proposal agreed by the Council in April 2017 to create a new single Chief Officer post for the authority. The Managing Director replaces the former posts of Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer. Graham Branchett (Chief Operating Officer) left the Council at the end of July, and Malcolm Morley (Chief Executive) left at the end of October.

Reducing the Council’s top management team to one post saves the authority more than £424,000 over the next four years.

Brian, who has been the Council’s Head of Governance for four-and-a-half years, will take up the post until a permanent appointment is made.

Brian has held senior management roles in other Essex Councils including working at Brentwood and Braintree and has carried out governance investigations for public bodies.

Councillor Jon Clempner, Leader of Harlow Council, said:

“Brian has the skills, knowledge and experience needed to manage Harlow Council in the coming months as the town enters some very exciting times. There is still much to do and we need to continue moving forward to ensure the Council plays the same vital role in building Harlow’s bright future.”

Brian Keane, Acting Managing Director, said:

“I know from my time working here that Harlow is a great place with huge potential and I am delighted to take up this position in an acting capacity. My priority is to work with and support the Council’s fantastic staff, Councillors and partners to ensure the Council moves forward and delivers what the local community wants and needs.”