Barnet Alliance for Public Services accuses Barnet Council CEO of 'jumping ship'

Times Series: CEO Nick Walkley quit his £200,000-a-year job to take up the vacant chief executive role at Haringey Council CEO Nick Walkley quit his £200,000-a-year job to take up the vacant chief executive role at Haringey Council

Critics of Barnet Council’s privatisation programme believe the authority’s CEO, who announced his resignation yesterday, is “jumping ship”.

CEO Nick Walkley quit his £200,000-a-year job to take up the vacant chief executive role at Haringey Council.

Barnet Alliance for Public Services (BAPS) has long campaigned against the One Barnet Programme, through which the authority plans to outsource a large percentage of its services.

In a statement, BAPS co-ordinator Tirza Waisel said: “Nick Walkley was front and centre of the One Barnet programme. With decisions on who to award the first two massive contracts just weeks away, residents and Barnet staff learn that he is leaving Barnet. We call this jumping ship.

“If he were confident that One Barnet is right for the borough, wouldn’t he want to stay and share in its success?”

“The One Barnet programme is clearly in disarray. Given the chaos at the top of Barnet Council, we call on Richard Cornelius to halt the One Barnet programme and return the Council to soberly delivering good quality services in-house.”

Conservative leader of Barnet Council Richard Cornelius has not yet commented on the CEO’s departure in detail but he did issue this statement this afternoon: “Nick has been an exceptional chief executive who has a can do attitude that has served Barnet well and leaves us in a good place to face the future.”

Barnet Council says it will announce further details on the transition “shortly”.

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6:18pm Fri 5 Oct 12

BarnetTrader says...

More like a case of rats abandoning ship.

I wonder who he will take with him? It's usual for CEOs to depart with some remnants of their team to bolster their position in the new organisation.

easyCouncil has just crashed into the terminal buildings!
More like a case of rats abandoning ship. I wonder who he will take with him? It's usual for CEOs to depart with some remnants of their team to bolster their position in the new organisation. easyCouncil has just crashed into the terminal buildings! BarnetTrader

6:36pm Fri 5 Oct 12

gingis says...

I know what you mean BarnetTrader as 'Nicky' followed Leo Boland into Barnet.

Trouble nowadays is that most have already jumped ship before him or he has dispensed with their services already.
I know what you mean BarnetTrader as 'Nicky' followed Leo Boland into Barnet. Trouble nowadays is that most have already jumped ship before him or he has dispensed with their services already. gingis

1:52pm Sat 6 Oct 12

Fireball says...

Well if that is the kind of person he is then Barent is better off without him. Haringey are welcome to him!
Well if that is the kind of person he is then Barent is better off without him. Haringey are welcome to him! Fireball

10:07pm Mon 8 Oct 12

elttilna says...

A never ending story in Barnet? Come, set the project in motion, make sure your highly paid and then leave quickly so you won't be held responsible for the outcome.......
A never ending story in Barnet? Come, set the project in motion, make sure your highly paid and then leave quickly so you won't be held responsible for the outcome....... elttilna

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