OPDC Leadership

Meeting: 
MQT on 2020-01-16
Session date: 
January 16, 2020
Reference: 
2020/0038
Question By: 
Caroline Pidgeon
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Since April 2018 OPDC has had two interim chief executives. The current chief finance officer is also an interim. The corporation is also without a chief operating officer. How are you working to ensure that OPDC has consistent and permanent leadership going forward?

Answer

OPDC Leadership

OPDC Leadership

Answered By: 
The Mayor

OPDC is fortunate to have the services of David Lunts as interim Chief Executive and Liz Peace as Chair. Both bring huge regeneration experience and have steered the corporation through a period of considerable uncertainty and challenge, during which time it would have been ill-advised to seek to recruit a permanent Chief Executive.

OPDC’s new approach brings an opportunity to move forward, although the government now needs to do its bit and come off the fence to confirm the HS2 project, including the essential Old Oak interchange station. Until this uncertainty is removed, it is sensible to continue with the interim Chief Executive arrangements.

OPDC will be making a permanent appointment of Chief Finance Officer very shortly, subject to Board approval, and is in the process of recruiting a permanent Director of Planning to replace the current interim arrangements.

A Chief Operating Officer is not being recruited at the moment as OPDC does not require the post at present.