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Harlow Council restructure senior management team to cut costs

09 Apr Harlow Council restructure senior management team to cut costs

Two of Harlow Council’s top senior managers are to leave the authority by agreement to save the Council money.

Chief Executive, Malcolm Morley and Chief Operating Officer, Graham Branchett will both effectively leave by the end of 2017.

At a recent Council meeting, Councillors agreed a proposal which will see both posts deleted and replaced by a new single Chief Officer post, a Managing Director. 

Harlow Council needs to continue saving money until 2021 to meet Government funding reductions. This move alone will save £424,000 over the next four years.

Councillor Jon Clempner, Leader of Harlow Council, said: “My priority is that we always consider options to save money and to ensure that frontline services are protected for residents. Whilst a huge amount has been achieved to reduce costs and to protect services we now have to look further at our senior management team costs again. Reducing the Council’s most senior management structure to one post will not impact on frontline services but will help to protect services and other jobs in future by contributing significantly to meeting the overall level of savings the Council will need to make.  

“Malcolm and Graham have made a big contribution to the Council and to Harlow over their combined 31 years of service and I wish them well for the future.”