New faces

I’m glad to say we are helping break the glass ceiling at the county council. We have announced the appointment of two new directors in the last few days. Both have been appointed because they were absolutely the best candidates and both are women.

Dr Catherine Raines will take on the newly created role of Deputy Chief Executive – Place, while Jacqui McKinlay is the new Director of Communications and Customer Services.

 Dr Raines will lead on the ‘place’ agenda for the authority with responsibility for all elements of Staffordshire’s environment, infrastructure, culture and economic development.

Jacqui’s new role is a first for the county council putting customer service and communications at the top table – it reflects the importance of customers as well as putting Staffordshire on the map. Jacqui has been with the county council since 2002, having first joined as Head of Communications, so we are already on first-name terms.

Both appointments form part of our overall restructure. We are changing the way the county council operates to reflect our new priority on achieving better outcomes for local people, and our overall expenditure on senior management will fall as a result.

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