Council directors lose jobs in shake-up

TWO high-profile county council directors will be made redundant this week in a bid to save £332,500.

Diane Tilley, director of planning, economy and performance, who earns £107,947 a year, will lose her job, as well as Eddie Clarke, director of adult and community services, who earns £124,296.

Two personal assistants for the directors, who earn £40,500 between them, will also lose their jobs under plans being ratified at full council later today Thursday, May 17.

The roles are being shed as part of the £70 million of savings under BOLD, and means there will only be four directors working under chief executive Trish Haines rather than six.

Mr Clarke’s work will be merged with that of Dr Richard Harling, the current director of public health.

His new title will be director of adult services and health.

Ms Tilley’s responsibilities will be broken up and distributed across the other directors.

A report said: “Posts at the senior level can’t be immune as the council seeks to protect frontline services from substantial funding reductions.”

Mr Clarke, who launched his career as a trainee social worker at Coventry City Council in 1974, joined the authority in 2001 as a head of service for older people and those with physical disabilities before being promoted in 2007.

The 59-year-old volunteered to be made redundant after the directors were told big changes were on the way.

Ms Tilley, who worked for the Ministry of Defence for 17 years in a variety of roles, including land disposal, joined in 2001 as head of policy.

She was promoted to her current role in 2005 and has worked on many of the county’s main regeneration projects, including the Hive.

They will both get redundancy payments of £50,000.

Under BOLD, 70 of the job losses so far have come from management posts, saving £3.5 million per year. Jim Price, secretary of the council’s Unison branch, said: “It’s good to see the pain being shared, but any job loss is bad news.

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