Worcestershire chief executive starts top job

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WORCESTERSHIRE'S new county council chief executive has started in her new job this week.

Clare Marchant was officially appointed in February but started in the top job as of Monday, June 2.

Before she took on the new role, Ms Marchant was first the assistant chief executive and prepared to take over control by working closely with the outgoing chief executive, Trish Haines.

At the end of her first day in the job, Ms Marchant said: "It is an honour and a privilege to serve in this role and I look forward to serving local people, businesses and communities.

"I intend to work alongside Adrian [Hardman, the current Worcestershire County Council leader] and all councillors and staff to continue to find ways to engage with the people and businesses of Worcestershire, to listen to them to ensure we shape services that are fit the future and reflect the priorities local people have said are important to them.

"I have said it before, but I would like to pay tribute to Trish. Over the last few weeks we have worked closely for an effective handover. I am now looking forward to the challenges ahead and working to ensure a prosperous Worcestershire."

Previous to joining the council in 2010, Ms Marchant was a group programme director with the NHS, and also worked as a production manager at Rank Hovis where she spent six years advising both private and public sector bodies on how to modernise.

She said she was going into the role with her "eyes wide open" and has already outlined a new vision for the council which would see employees be sent into private firms to find out about profit and loss in an attempt to make the council thought about more commercially.

Those wanting to keep up to date with news, can follow Ms Marchant on Twitter at Twitter Handle @ClareWorcs, where she will post her thoughts and comments throughout the day.

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12:42pm Tue 3 Jun 14

denon says...

Why is she working alongside Adrian , I thought she worked for Worcestershire County Council?

Clearly my reading of the Worcester, not Worcestershire, News leaves something lacking.
Why is she working alongside Adrian [the current Worcester City Council leader] , I thought she worked for Worcestershire County Council? Clearly my reading of the Worcester, not Worcestershire, News leaves something lacking. denon
  • Score: -1

12:53pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Jabbadad says...

As leader of the Council Hardman has the Power.
Clare as her predercessor Trish Haines are answerable to her.
As leader of the Council Hardman has the Power. Clare as her predercessor Trish Haines are answerable to her. Jabbadad
  • Score: -3

12:54pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Jabbadad says...

Should have said answerable to Adrian Hardman.
Should have said answerable to Adrian Hardman. Jabbadad
  • Score: 2

12:58pm Tue 3 Jun 14

denon says...

Worst aspect was the reference to Worcester City Council not Worcestershire County Council.

The reference to Worcester City Council, as in the item, was taken out of my post. Those who can do no wrong Worcester News Sub Editors .
Worst aspect was the reference to Worcester City Council not Worcestershire County Council. The reference to Worcester City Council, as in the item, was taken out of my post. Those who can do no wrong Worcester News Sub Editors . denon
  • Score: 0

1:02pm Tue 3 Jun 14

CJH says...

"It is an honour and a privilege to serve in this role and I look forward to serving local people, businesses and communities" If she really means this then she needs to get off her bum and go out and talk to people. And not official visits with an entourage and PR people in attendance, because that won't get her to the right people. She needs to see the people with problems, not the self-congratulating obsequious minority who will tell her everything is marvellous. Just talk to her staff (all of them, not only managers), talk to us tax payers, talk to businesses. But not just talk - LISTEN!!!" And remember Clare - we pay you to work for us, not the other way round.
"It is an honour and a privilege to serve in this role and I look forward to serving local people, businesses and communities" If she really means this then she needs to get off her bum and go out and talk to people. And not official visits with an entourage and PR people in attendance, because that won't get her to the right people. She needs to see the people with problems, not the self-congratulating obsequious minority who will tell her everything is marvellous. Just talk to her staff (all of them, not only managers), talk to us tax payers, talk to businesses. But not just talk - LISTEN!!!" And remember Clare - we pay you to work for us, not the other way round. CJH
  • Score: 8

1:32pm Tue 3 Jun 14

denon says...

Ok so I am now a sub editor, you have changed to words. I will be taking action against the Worcestershire News for Copyright issues.You can settle out of court with a gagging clause WN
Ok so I am now a sub editor, you have changed to words. I will be taking action against the Worcestershire News for Copyright issues.You can settle out of court with a gagging clause WN denon
  • Score: 1

1:33pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Thechopster says...

A smile when you walk by her in the corridor would be nice - at least Trish used to pretend to be friendly. Some people skills are called for I think.
A smile when you walk by her in the corridor would be nice - at least Trish used to pretend to be friendly. Some people skills are called for I think. Thechopster
  • Score: 7

3:33pm Tue 3 Jun 14

green49 says...

Thechopster says...

A smile when you walk by her in the corridor would be nice - at least Trish used to pretend to be friendly. Some people skills are called for I think

Totally go with that one, looks like shes chewing a wasp sometimes,


CJH 100% agree with you especially she should talk to the staff who take a load of flack from *******s who know nothing on here,
Thechopster says... A smile when you walk by her in the corridor would be nice - at least Trish used to pretend to be friendly. Some people skills are called for I think Totally go with that one, looks like shes chewing a wasp sometimes, CJH 100% agree with you especially she should talk to the staff who take a load of flack from *******s who know nothing on here, green49
  • Score: 5

5:30pm Tue 3 Jun 14

BC10ax says...

She won't deal with crises on her own. She certainly won't take responsibility for anything that goes wrong. I'd suggest an upper limit on council post pay, somewhere in the region of £60,000. More than enough to live on, and a reflection of the degree of responsibility involved.
She won't deal with crises on her own. She certainly won't take responsibility for anything that goes wrong. I'd suggest an upper limit on council post pay, somewhere in the region of £60,000. More than enough to live on, and a reflection of the degree of responsibility involved. BC10ax
  • Score: 2

2:26pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Frustrated_PM says...

Widely thought of at County Hall as a terrible choice. No people skills, no managerial skills and keeps her friends in the best positions, Witnessed shouting at someone for discussing their homelife during work times!
An unjustifiable large salary whilst paycuts and job cuts are happening to those around her!
Widely thought of at County Hall as a terrible choice. No people skills, no managerial skills and keeps her friends in the best positions, Witnessed shouting at someone for discussing their homelife during work times! An unjustifiable large salary whilst paycuts and job cuts are happening to those around her! Frustrated_PM
  • Score: 3

4:49pm Wed 4 Jun 14

DarrenM says...

Well the NHS is famed for wasting of millions of pounds of taxpayers money and being generally ineffective, and Rank Hovis got bought out nearly went bust and started axing factories and a 1000 jobs, so all in all an ideal CV for running Worcestershire Council !
Well the NHS is famed for wasting of millions of pounds of taxpayers money and being generally ineffective, and Rank Hovis got bought out nearly went bust and started axing factories and a 1000 jobs, so all in all an ideal CV for running Worcestershire Council ! DarrenM
  • Score: 3

6:15pm Wed 4 Jun 14

trigg70 says...

Completely Agee with Chopster, CJH and green 49 - anyone who has or had the misfortune to work around her will know that people skills are massively lacking. She can certainly roll out the theory though - just can't walk the walk!
Completely Agee with Chopster, CJH and green 49 - anyone who has or had the misfortune to work around her will know that people skills are massively lacking. She can certainly roll out the theory though - just can't walk the walk! trigg70
  • Score: 3

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