Peter Sloman, the city council’s chief executive, has been selected as the preferred candidate for the role of chief executive at Reading Borough Council.
The appointment is expected to be ratified at the full Reading Borough Council meeting on Tuesday 28 March.
Peter has been chief executive in Oxford for nearly ten years. In that time the council has twice been awarded ‘council of the year’ and improved its services. It has achieved this without staff redundancies or service reductions despite losing its government support grant.
Peter says: “I have been proud to be Oxford city council’s chief executive. In ten years we have established the council as one of the best performing nationally. We have a talented top team, excellent relationships between staff, managers and elected politicians.
“It’s the council’s values around protecting the vulnerable, promoting social justice and protecting the environment where we have achieved the most.
“We have invested hundreds of millions of pounds in new housing and community facilities and this year the regeneration of the West End of the city will take a major step forward with the opening of the Westgate centre, the launch of the Oxpens Masterplan and a new community will begin to appear in Barton.
“I believe the campaign for Oxford has shown that people want an independent city council continuing this work. Government now knows there is no local support for change and I believe a significant corner has been turned in preventing a county council unitary authority being agreed.
“I am leaving with a strong management team with a real wealth of talent that staff, stakeholders and people in the city can rely on.
I would like to place on record my heartfelt thanks to members, staff and management colleagues for all the personal support they have given me in my role and the friendships I have enjoyed. People have worked so hard to improve services, reduce costs, bring income through commercial trading it's been an unbelievable effort for which I can't thank people enough.
“I know the council will go from strength to strength.”
Cllr Bob Price, leader of Oxford City Council, says: “Peter has been at the helm of the city council for almost ten years and in that time has significantly transformed the council for the better.
“He has worked closely with elected members to improve the lives of the city’s residents, helped make Oxford a dynamic economic and cultural hub and worked well with a wide range of partners across the city and county and the wider local government community.
“We will miss him tremendously and wish him well in his new role.”
Subject to ratification by Reading Borough Council at its full council meeting on Tuesday 28th March, Peter Sloman is expected to take up his new role in July.