Date published: 17th November 2016

An innovative approach has been adopted by North Norfolk District Council to provide the council with clear leadership and a dynamic structure for the future.

At the full Council meeting on Wednesday 16 November elected Members appointed corporate directors Nick Baker and Steve Blatch as joint Head of Paid Service.

Nick and Steve have worked at the authority for a total of 35 years. They have provided clear leadership and have a deep understanding of the challenges facing the district.

Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader of North Norfolk District Council, said: “This innovative approach will enable the Council to be bold and decisive as we face future challenges.

“Our focus has always been to deliver an excellent service for our residents and to do that, we need to ensure we get the very best from the talented team of managers and staff we have here.

“I’m absolutely delighted that the Council has taken this approach and this will not only deliver a dynamic new management style, but it will also help us move forwards. Team work is an essential part of local government and by appointing both Nick and Steve as joint Head of Paid Service, it shows the faith and confidence we have in our existing staff.”

This approach will build on the strengths of the senior officer team, deliver £240,000 annual saving to the Council, whilst ensuring the council can move forward quickly and effectively on an agenda which will continue to be community focussed.

As well as the appointments at Full Council yesterday, the Council agreed to fund half a million pounds to support the Bacton and Walcott Coastal Management Scheme; agreed the Economic Growth Strategy and Action Plan – to support businesses and attract more people to the area; and signed off a Housing Strategy to address the housing and infrastructure needs for people in the area.

Cllr FitzPatrick said: “These appointments show the authority is decisive, effective and is always prepared to adopt new ideas and ways of working. We have a winning team in Nick and Steve and as we look to the future, I’m confident we will manage our services with a theme of continuous development and for the benefit of the people of North Norfolk.”

Both Mr Blatch and Mr Baker have many years of experience of frontline service delivery, with Mr Blatch specialising in planning, economic development, housing and community engagement, and Mr Baker specialising in waste, environmental protection, civil contingencies and contract management.

In a joint statement Mr Blatch and Mr Baker said: “We will play to these strengths giving strong technical leadership and resilience.

“We are both honoured the Council has appointed us and thank members for their confidence.

“We look forward to working with the Council, partners and local communities to help North Norfolk realise its full potential both economically and socially.”

Last updated: 11th January 2017