Jon Rouse has today (Wednesday) been announced as the preferred candidate for the top officer job at Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Subject to ratification at a full council meeting on Thursday 14 November, Jon is set to join the local authority as city director. In early February 2020, he will take on lead officer responsibility for the multi-million pound organisation with just under 5,000 staff that deliver over 700 services for 256,000 residents in Stoke-on-Trent.
For the last three years, Jon has been the chief officer of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership charged with delivering improved health outcomes in Greater Manchester.
He has a strong track record in local government having held the post of chief executive of the London borough of Croydon Council. He was also previously chief executive at both the Housing Corporation and the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.
In Greater Manchester, Jon has been responsible for pioneering a new integrated health and care system which is now being adopted across the country. Other successes include significant improvements in social care quality, major improvements in mental health services meeting national access targets for children and adults, and improvements in getting children school ready, including closing the gap with the rest of the country for children on free school meals.
Cllr Abi Brown, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council and cabinet member for corporate resources, strategy and partnerships said: “We had an incredibly strong field of candidates apply for the role – people know Stoke is on the up and want to be part of our next chapter even though we still have challenges. Having a candidate of Jon’s calibre join us reflects how far we’ve come as a city.
“Jon is an excellent candidate. Subject to full council’s confirmation, we look forward to him starting work with us. Jon’s immediate priorities are delivering our improvement work in children’s services and progressing the appointment for our director of children’s services. We all feel that Jon can build on our success to date, meet our challenges head on and continue to move Stoke-on-Trent forward on a regional and national level.”
Jon said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been offered this opportunity to serve the people of Stoke-on-Trent. It is a city of deep heritage, great enterprise and community pride. I look forward to becoming part of the Stoke-on-Trent team, supporting the council to achieve its ambitions for the city and working in close partnership with colleagues across public, private and voluntary sectors.
“It is of course a big wrench to leave the Greater Manchester Health and Care Partnership. It has been a privilege to spend the last few years helping build our unique devolved model for improving population health. I am very proud of the progress made, the results achieved, and the strength of partnership established. I have every confidence that the partnership will go from strength to strength. I will take much learning into my new role.”
David Sidaway the current city director is expected to start his new role as the new Chief Executive at Telford and Wrekin Council in early January 2020.
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