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Blackburn with Darwen Council in cash-saving shake-up
BLACKBURN with Darwen Council has confirmed Harry Catherall as its new chief executive after he conducted a review of senior management at the borough which is estimated will save £250,000 a year.
The former deputy takes over from Graham Burgess, who steps down on September 2, on an annual salary £10,000 less than his predecessor’s £158,400.
Two director level posts are to be axed with Gladys Rhodes-White taking voluntary redundancy.
Their roles will be taken by existing directors, with Andrew Lightfoot getting the ‘place’ portfolio, Sally McIvor ‘people’ and Denise Park ‘resources’.
Council leader Kate Hollern said: “The review took place swiftly and has delivered significant savings.
“This new structure demonstrates our commitment to keeping management costs down.
“The savings will help make sure that the services people tell us are important get as much investment as possible.”
Leader of the council’s Conservative group Mike Lee said: “Harry’s track record speaks for itself.
“I feel that this new structure will help deliver the council priorities.”
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