Mike Jackson Appointed as Council Chief Executive

Taking over as head of the administration of Wandsworth and Richmond Boroughs

Mike Jackson is set to be appointed the council's new chief exec
Mike Jackson is set to be appointed the council's new chief exec

Wandsworth and Richmond upon Thames Councils have selected Mike Jackson as their new joint Chief Executive. The decision to appoint is subject to a formal decision by Richmond Full Council on Tuesday 19 July and Wandsworth Full Council on Wednesday 20 July.

Mr Jackson is currently Chief Executive of Bristol City Council and before that was Chief Executive of North Somerset Council.

The councils say that eh appointment follows an extensive recruitment process, which included stakeholder panels with key partners and the voluntary sector in each borough. The decision to select the Chief Executive was made by the Richmond and Wandsworth Joint Appointments Committee, following interviews with shortlisted candidates.

The new CEO will lead the Richmond and Wandsworth Shared Staffing Arrangement (the SSA), which was formed in 2016. The SSA’s first Chief Executive was Paul Martin, who stood down in 2021. Mark Maidment, the SSA’s Director of Resources and Deputy Chief Executive, has served as Interim Chief Executive since March 2021.

Cllr Simon Hogg, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said. “We interviewed a number of really top-quality candidates, but we were particularly impressed by Mike’s vision for moving the Council forward and his enthusiasm and insight on how he can support our new administration’s priorities to deliver improved services for our residents.

“Wandsworth is a great place to live and work and together with Mike we have an exciting and ambitious vision to fulfil.”

Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of Richmond Council, said, “We had an extraordinarily high calibre of candidates for this role. It’s an important job, serving over half a million residents across two very different boroughs. Mike is an incredibly experienced strategic leader and I couldn’t be happier to welcome him to the SSA and to Richmond.

“We are facing a tough period ahead, supporting our communities and businesses through the cost-of-living crisis, while keeping focus on our priorities for both boroughs. I look forward to working with Mike to set a clear direction for delivering for our residents and achieving our goals for the borough.”

Mike Jackson said, “I’m thrilled to be joining the team at Wandsworth and Richmond. This is a amazing part of London, made up of varied and diverse communities, rapidly changing in parts, with timeless and iconic parks and landmarks too. It’s a great privilege to have the chance to lead the Shared Staffing Arrangement supporting the two councils.

“The Councils are rightly ambitious for Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth, and there are great opportunities ahead. But it is also a time of economic uncertainty for many at the moment, with long-standing challenges of poverty, inequality and climate change to address. Working with elected members, colleagues, partners and communities, I’m keen to get stuck in and help tackle these.”

A start date has not yet been confirmed.

Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We've always done that and won't be changing, in fact we'd like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact info@neighbournet.com and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we'd be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you'd like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.


July 20, 2022