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Interim chief executive could see contract extended

Council and democracy

Tuesday, 16 January 2024
Interim Chief Executive Clive Heaphy

The senior officer overseeing positive change at Middlesbrough Council could see his contract extended.

Councillors will this week be asked to approve extending Interim Chief Executive Clive Heaphy’s contract until March 2025.

Interim Director of Finance Debbie Middleton will also stay on at the authority ahead of more long-term arrangements being put in place.

Mr Heaphy was initially appointed for up to 12 months last March with Ms Middleton joining the Council in April 2023.

Papers to be presented to Council set out a need to “maintain and even increase the pace of improvement” that has been recognised by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), the Council’s external auditor and its Independent Improvement Advisory Board.

Middlesbrough Mayor Chris Cooke said: “Clive staying in his role until next March would give us the stability we need while we’re working closely with the Independent Improvement Advisory Board and DLUHC on solving past problems and looking forward to a sustainable future.

“I am very clear on how we will make progress and get to a place where we can feel more positive about the future.

“I am determined that we will recover, reset and deliver for the people of Middlesbrough.”

The report outlines a timetable for the recruitment of a permanent chief executive and director of finance, with the roles set to be advertised from September.

Councillors will consider the report on senior management arrangements at a meeting on Wednesday January 17.