Taking on the hot seat

Helen RileyHi all

I’m Helen Riley, from September I’m the new Director of Strategy and Transformation but you’ll probably know me as the Director of Communities and Chief Executive’s Office. While Nick is on leave, I’m stepping into the hot seat and taking on his blog so you’ll have a few updates from me over the next few days.

On Sunday, I was lucky enough to spend a sunny afternoon cycling around the Staffordshire Moorlands. While I was peddling away at the back of the tandem (yes, a tandem), and wondering why nobody looks good in lycra, I was very much reminded about how beautiful Staffordshire is. The countryside was pretty awe inspiring and I for one am very proud that we have such a great county on our doorsteps. This view was echoed by presenter Matt Baker on Sunday night in BBC 1’s Secret Britain as he visited famous local sights The Roaches, Rudyard Lake and Lud’s Church. Good to see the county’s making national tv. 

This week, you’ll have hopefully seen the announcement about the new Senior Leadership Team. With the team in place, I’m sure that we are well placed to deliver what we need to and can now really start the transformation of our organisation. It will take time but I think it’s going to be exciting and gives us a great opportunity to really make our mark.

As some of you will know, we’re already underway with our review of support services. This will really help us to operate as ‘one council’ and to maximise our resources in the best way.

I was reading through the papers at the weekend and saw a piece about suggestions that have been made to David Cameron about cutting waste in public services. One which did make me laugh was the suggestion to ‘sell Cornwall’ – ummmm, not sure about that! But there were some very sensible ideas which central government departments have been asked to consider for action. If you have any bright ideas, you can get involved. Internally you can let me, the leader or Nick know by emailing valueformoney@staffordshire.gov.uk Or nationally, you can go to http://spendingchallenge.hm-treasury.gov.uk/ until the end of the month.

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