County council starts to calculate the benefits as ‘job share’ with Peterborough chief executive gets the green light

Cambridgeshire county council cabinet meeting at the Boathouse Wisbech/ Former leader Nick Clarke is

Cambridgeshire county council cabinet meeting at the Boathouse Wisbech/ Former leader Nick Clarke is pictured with chief executive Mark Lloyd - Credit: Archant

County councillors today agreed to temporarily axe the chief executive’s role -after agreeing a job share with Peterborough City Council.

The council was told that “financially there would be a significant saving to the budget for 12 months”.

Outgoing chief executive Mark Lloyd - leaving to become chief executive of the Local Government Association- costs the council £254,160 for salary, on costs and pension.

By sharing with the chief executive of Peterborough, Gillian Beasley, Cambridgeshire says its portion of the savings would, over the next year, be £144,160.

Subject to Peterborough’s final rubber stamping, the agreement will run for a year, although it will be reviewed after six months.


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A county council meeting today heard how the move could provide savings for both authorities “as well as encourage better shared working and a stronger voice in fighting for the area at a national level”.

Council leader Steve Count said: “The chief executive role is a challenging one and the council would not enter into a shared arrangement if we thought this may harm our goal of doing what is best for the Cambridgeshire communities we serve.

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“We know Gillian is extremely talented and have already worked closely with her on many projects.

“Mark Lloyd will be a hard act to follow and has been instrumental in helping make sure Cambridgeshire has continued to prosper, even in a recession.”

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