New Wandsworth Chief Exec To Get Go-Ahead

After 24 years at the helm Gerald Jones retires

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Paul Martin


Paul Martin, the current chief executive of  Sutton Council, is expected to be formally offered the job of Chief Executive at Wandsworth Council next week. His appointment is due to be ratified at a meeting of all the borough’s 60 councillors on July 14th.
A selection panel of senior councillors from both political parties, including leader Edward Lister and opposition leader Tony Belton, unanimously selected Paul Martin after interviewing a number of accomplished and high-achieving candidates.
The job comes with some controversy, as Mr Martin has been reported to be receiving a huge pay rise, as reported in the Sutton Guardian. As Chief Exec of Sutton he takes home £167,000, with no performance-related pay or bonuses. The Sutton Guardian reports that the position at Wandsworth was advertised with a salary in the region of £200,000 plus performance-related pay.
Paul Martin has held the post at Sutton since 2005. Before that he was a regional director at the Government Office for the South East, and was also Chief Executive of Peterborough Council. His career in local government began in 1982 and he has also worked for Nottinghamshire County Council, Bolton Council, Manchester City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.
Wandsworth Council’s Gerald Jones is London's longest serving local authority chief executive, and was originally due to retire in Summer 2008 but stayed on to see the Council through a period of senior staff retirements.

July 6, 2010