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Three council Executives set to leave their roles

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 14:56 GMT on Tuesday, 9th April, 2013.

THREE prominent North Lanarkshire Council directors are to retire within the next few months.

Executive Director of Corporate Services John O'Hagan will retire at the end of May with Executive Director of Learning and Leisure, Christine Pollock CBE leaving in September.

Senior education official Jane Liddell, Head of Education Quality and Development in Learning and Leisure, has also announced her intention to retire.

Paying tribute to the contribution the three have made to the council, Chief Executive Gavin Whitefield said: "John has made an absolutely massive contribution to North Lanarkshire Council from virtually day one of the authority and to public service in Scotland throughout his entire career.

"Equally, Christine has overseen dramatic changes in education provision during her six years in the post; from our Schools and Centres 21 programme to leading our work towards implementing the Curriculum for Excellence.

"Jane, too, has led her team through an extremely challenging time in terms of resource and educational change, particularly in developing the Early Years service, curricular innovation, literacy developments, vocational opportunities and improving services for children with additional support needs which has been at the forefront of many innovative initiatives.

"The services they all leave behind are in robust health and performing at a high level."

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It is expected recruitment for the three posts will begin shortly.

Mr Whitefield added: "While we are, in a sense, seeing the passing of a generation of highly-talented officials, we have to look forward and ensure we have the right strategic management capacity in place to continue driving the organisation forward."

Councillor William Hogg, Convener of Corporate Services, said: "John has been a tremendous servant to the council and I have been grateful for his help and support over the years.

"His knowledge and experience will be greatly missed and I wish him all the best in his retirement."

Councillor Jim Logue, Convener of Learning and Leisure Services, added: "Christine is hugely respected not only at a local level but also at a national level for her professionalism and dedication to education.

"I am in no doubt that all the services which are within Learning and Leisure have benefited hugely from the outstanding leadership which she has demonstrated since her appointment.

"Two of her biggest achievements have been in relation to the significant improvement in the school estate, with over 35 new schools having been built during her time as Director, and also in relation to the educational attainments across primary and secondary schools which, year on year, have increased."

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