Interim Chief Executive announced for Oxford City Council

Published: Monday, 8th May 2017

Gordon Mitchell has been named as the new Interim Chief Executive at Oxford City Council. Peter Sloman will soon be leaving after ten years as the council’s top permanent official.

The Council has decided to appoint a top local government expert, with a strong national reputation to specifically put forward the Council’s vision to the incoming government on how Oxford can fulfil its role in creating a growing knowledge based economy in the next few years. This vision rejects the idea of a unitary county council and proposes we work through joint arrangements with other councils to agree an infrastructure investment plan for Oxfordshire as part of the Oxford-Cambridge growth corridor. Gordon has the national credibility and experience to help us build local agreement on this vision and put the case to national government.

Mr Mitchell was selected by a cross-party appointments panel, who all were impressed by his leadership qualities and experience.

Mr Mitchell will be starting his new role later in May and Peter Sloman will be around to help him ease into the role before taking up his new role as Chief Executive of Reading Borough Council.

Cllr Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, who chaired the appointments panel commented:

“Gordon Mitchell shone through as the outstanding candidate from a very strong field, and we’re pleased that he’ll be taking the helm as our interim head of paid service. He has the right reputation and experience to steer us through this time when the role of the Council and future of local government is being decided. We have a positive vision for the City Council to continue to punch above its weight and the contribution the city can make to the country’s economic future. We are determined to put our case powerfully and Gordon’s main focus will be to lead this effort.”

 "Our two Executive Directors, Jackie and Tim, have taken even more responsibility for leading and driving the Council’s transformation programme, establishing the trading company for direct services and the housing company and driving performance across the Council. I am grateful to them for their dedication and hard work. We will have a very strong leadership team with Gordon, Tim and Jackie, our Assistant Chief Executives and our excellent senior management team.”

Gordon Mitchell added:

“I’m hugely looking forward to working with Oxford’s dedicated staff team, and with an ambitious group of elected members, all determined to improve the lives of local people. Oxford is famous throughout the world, and the City Council is working hard to secure the future of the city in this critical time.”

Peter Sloman commented:

“I’ll be leaving behind a great team, who I know Gordon will really enjoy working with as they continue to make great strides forward. It’ll be a wrench to leave behind all my colleagues and such a great city as I move on to the next big challenge in my career, but I’m pleased to know that I leave it in such good hands. There will be a chance to thank colleagues before I leave.”