Managing Director

David Blake

Name: David Blake
Telephone: 01905 722200
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Twitter: @davidblakeworc

David became Managing Director of Worcester City Council in March 2017. With 15 years' experience working all over the world in the manufacturing sector and almost 20 years in the public sector working in chief executive, executive and non-executive director roles prior to joining Worcester City Council, David brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organisation.

David has worked on some of the largest and most successful multi-agency infrastructure, innovation, business support and skills programmes in the West Midlands. These include the i54 business park (home of the Jaguar Land Rover near Wolverhampton), the automotive research and development centre developed by Warwick Manufacturing Group, the West Midlands-wide £30m Modernisation and Diversification programme, and new college campuses in Walsall and Sandwell.

As a non-executive director of Urban Regeneration Companies in Walsall and Sandwell, David played a key role in these businesses during their formative years and has a strong track record of award-winning success in public sector organisational development.

Key responsibilities

Overall responsibility for managing the Authority, including organisational development, development of shared culture and values, oversight of corporate and service standards, advice on strategic direction with Members, and representing the City Council with partners at sub regional, regional and national level.

Corporate Director, Finance & Resources

Shane Flynn

Name: Shane Flynn
Telephone: 01905 722536
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Shane qualified with CIPFA as an Audit Commission trainee, working across several London Boroughs and teaching hospitals.  He moved into Value for Money studies based in London and the South East and later Wales and the Marches, including Shropshire, Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester.

Joining CIPFA in 2000, Shane ran a series of workshop-based support networks covering e-Government, Every Child Matters and Counter-Fraud, before re-joining the Audit Commission to deliver Use of Resources and Performance Management audits across Oxfordshire, Bucks and Milton Keynes.

He moved to Dacorum Borough Council as Assistant Director of Finance in 2010, then undertook a two-year secondment as Assistant Director of Policy and Performance to oversee the transition to a new location and an internal transformation programme based on flexible working. In 2014 he combined both roles by moving to Broxtowe Borough Council in Nottingham as Deputy Chief Executive, before moving back across the Midlands to join Worcester in 2017.

Key Accountabilities

Overall responsibility for a range of professional support services including Finance Services, Internal Audit, Legal Services, Strategy & Transformation, Human Resources, Property, Asset Management, and Revenues and Benefits. Also responsible for providing strategic and financial advice to members, representing the City Council  with partners at sub regional and regional level, and delivering the Council's values and objectives through the Corporate Management Team.

Corporate Director, Place

Andrew Round

Name: Andrew Round
Telephone: 01905 722524
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Andrew started his career in local government in economic development before moving into consultancy, firstly with the economics and policy consultancy ECOTEC and then at the property consultancy GVA Grimley (now GVA). He worked for public and private sector clients across planning, regeneration and development, bringing large projects and sites through the planning system.

After 14 years in the private sector and having risen to being a Partner at GVA, Andrew returned to local government at Birmingham City Council, becoming Assistant Director for Planning and Development. He worked on major regeneration projects such as the redevelopment of New Street Station and the development of Paradise Circus. Andrew led on the creation of the City Centre Enterprise Zone (the largest in the UK) and the development of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) across the city centre.

Andrew’s most recent role in local government before joining Worcester was at Cheshire East, managing property, regeneration and strategic housing. He also led on the development of the HS2 Growth Strategy for the sub-region and the associated economic, spatial and financial work that supported it.

Key Accountabilities

Overall responsibility for delivering improvements to Worcester in physical and economic terms, leading on City Plan objectives to increase business growth and the numbers of high-skilled jobs in the city, and to continue to enhance our city centre and riverside. Responsible for implementing the South Worcestershire Development Plan and other planning policy matters, and for supporting the local economy. Leads efforts to improve the city’s sports, leisure and retail offers, and to capitalise on Worcester’s history and heritage.

Corporate Director, Operations, Homes & Communities

Llloyd Griffiths

Name: Lloyd Griffiths
Telephone: 01905 722371
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Lloyd qualified as an Environmental Health Officer in 2000 working in Bristol, Newport and the City and County of Swansea before moving into a management role at Gloucester City Council in 2010. In 2007 he gained a Masters Degree in Public Health from Cardiff University (School of Medicine) and prior to that in 2003 a Diploma in Acoustics & Noise Control Engineering from University West of England (Bristol).

Whilst at Gloucester City Council Lloyd held a number of roles starting as Environmental Protection Service Manager and on leaving he was a member of the Council’s senior management team holding the position of Head of Communities. During this time he oversaw the review and delivery of an enhanced waste and recycling service that delivered improved recycling rates, a reduction in landfill destined waste and delivered cost savings. He was instrumental in devolving grounds maintenance within one ward of the City to a social enterprise employing young people. He played a key role in an organisation-wide transformation programme which redesigned the Council to be able to deliver more effectively against its ambitions, and prior to his departure he led on a relocation and re-design of customer services as part of a larger organisational re-location.

Key Accountabilities

Overall responsibility for the Council’s Strategic Housing Service, Community Services, Bereavement Service, Environmental Operations and Car Parking (including on-street car parking enforcement). Has strategic oversight on behalf of the Council for Worcestershire Regulatory Services and acts as the Council’s Corporate Safeguarding Lead. Represents the Council at a range of groups including South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership (Chair) and the Worcestershire Community Safety Board. Delivers the Council's values and objectives through the Corporate Management Team.

Deputy Director, Governance

Sian Stroud

Name: Sian Stroud
Telephone: 01905 722019
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Sian qualified as a solicitor in 2003 following a training contract at Warwickshire County Council. After a period working for a national law firm she returned to Warwickshire for 10 years to lead the commercial and employment legal team in a large shared services arrangement for a number of public authorities. Following a period as legal counsel in higher education she returned to local government at Herefordshire Council before joining Worcester City Council in February 2019.

Sian has specialised in project delivery and transformation work throughout her career and has acted as legal and governance adviser at board level in all her roles, working on a number of national and regional initiatives. She is experienced in establishing and delivering commercial solutions and new models of public service provision as well as capital programmes and regeneration projects.

Key Accountabilities

Overall responsibility for Legal, Democratic and Civic Services, and Human Resources at the Council, including the Council’s Constitution and decision-making arrangements, support to councillors, the mayoral function and the operation of the Guildhall. As the Council’s Monitoring Officer, responsible for the Council’s legal compliance; ensuring that all councillors and officers are able to discharge their responsibilities in accordance with the law and the Council’s ethical framework.

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