Bedfordshire County Council was undergoing a significant transformation as represented
by a move from no stars to 3 stars in less than three years (under CPA assessment).
As part of this journey it was deemed essential that the council ensure that key
roles were covered by appropriate technical specialists. The Head of Property role
was vacant and a historic lack of investment in the Property and Assets team meant
that the management of a high profile, high risk area was a key consideration which
required immediate attention.
Seisin provided leadership for the service in the absence of a Head of Property.
Reporting directly to the Assistant Director for Corporate Resources, we ensured
that appropriate governance, controls, general and strategic management were put
in place for the service area. This combined the roles of the operational Head of
Service with an opportunity for the council to receive highly specialist and experienced
support on property matters.
Prior to our involvement a number of high risk and high profile areas of the service
were not receiving appropriate professional attention or direction, this was creating
significant financial and reputational risks.
Our assignment coincided with the reorganisation of local government affecting the
county of Bedfordshire. Seisin’s role was required to address both operational and
strategic asset management matters.
The original assignment was extended to include the recruitment of a permanent Head
of Property & Asset Management and Senior Asset Manager along with additional support
while the new staff were embedded.
· Service leadership – team management, coaching and mentoring; financial, performance
and risk management.
· Supporting transformation – establishing policy; aligning with corporate objectives
and priorities; encouraging customer focus; and managing property change.
· Optimising the use of resources – Supported supply chain/ category review; demonstrating
value for money for property related works and services; and identified priority
areas for improvements within the services.