Town hall appoints new strategic director

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Council chiefs have appointed Mike Wyatt as their new strategic director for the newly-created people’s services department.

Following a corporate restructure, St Helens Council has announced the creation of a new, simplified structure based on three main operational departments.

They are the People's Services Department, the Environmental and Trading Services Department and a Corporate Services Department - each headed by a Strategic Director.

The People’s Services Department will combine the work of children’s and adult services.

More work will be carried out in the New Year on the restructuring programme – involving those services unaffected so far.

The People’s Services Department will be led by Mike Wyatt, formerly Director of Adult Social Care and Health.

Mike has significant experience in social care and will lead the council’s work in protecting vulnerable people - despite the increasing budget pressures faced by the council.

Chief executive Mike Palin said: “I’m delighted that we have someone of Mike’s calibre in this key role.

“His vast experience will be a vital asset on issues that affect so many lives.

“These management-level changes represent the first stage of a restructuring process that will help the council to achieve some of the significant savings we have to make. We will continue to look at options for further efficiencies in management structures in the New Year.”