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12:06 Thu 15 Mar 2012  Written by Laura Enfield


Royal Borough's chief executive hands in his notice

Chief executive Ian Trenholm is leaving the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to work for central government.

The 45-year-old has handed in his notice to the council after four years at the helm.

He is going to be chief operating officer at the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

He said: "I have had a great four years in the Royal Borough. It has been a real pleasure and privilege to work with so many passionate and committed people, both inside the council and in our community.

"We have all worked hard together to take the council to new levels of achievement and performance."

He added: "I leave behind a committed and ambitious officer team who I know will continue to do their utmost to ensure that borough residents remain the top priority in every service."

A graduate of  the University of London, Mr Trenholm holds an MBA from Durham University Business School.

He started his career with the Royal Hong Kong Police Service and then moved to Surrey Police before working in the private sector.

He worked in Buckinghamshire County Council before taking up his position with the Royal Borough in spring 2008.

Since then he has been in charge of all council employees and responsible for working with councillors on the running of the council.

Council leader David Burbage thanked Mr Trenholm for his part in helping the council deliver ‘more for less’.

"We are very sorry to lose him but wish him well in his new role," he added.

A council spokeswoman said details of Mr Trenholm's  departure date and replacement have not been confirmed.

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The job:

Odgers Berndtson
07 Dec 2011
Job Function
Chief Operating Officer
Position Type
Chief Operating Officer
Defra has restructured its senior management team and identified the need for a new post of Chief Operating Officer (COO). This new role is critical to Defra’s successful attainment of the SR10 targets for cost reduction over the spending review period. The need for the Department to fundamentally rethink the way it delivers products and services has driven a range of initiatives that are currently underway. These include civil service wide transformation programmes led by the Cabinet Office, Defra core activities and those activities that touch the whole of the Defra network of executive agencies and Non Departmental Public Bodies. This role, with accountability to the Departmental Board, is responsible for shaping and delivering the Department’s new operating model. It is an excellent opportunity to be at the heart of civil service transformation and as a member of the Civil Service Top 200 to influence change on a cross Whitehall basis.

Salary - £140,000, some small adjustment may be available for exceptional candidates.

Location - London based

Contractual terms - Permanent

The role

* Responsible for the key corporate support functions in Defra and for influencing change across the Defra network, the COO will deliver fundamental corporate change and transformation to achieve significant business improvement and cost reduction;

* Responsible for achieving SR10 targets for cost reduction, whilst maintaining product and service quality within core Defra and the network;

* Drive a fundamental shift toward a more commercially aware and financially capable workforce in Defra and the network;

* As the corporate sponsor for the five executive agencies of Defra provide leadership to the CEOs of these organisations.

The person

* An operational leader with experience, at board level within a complex organisation, of delivering group level change initiatives with the ability to think and act strategically to deliver enhanced business and operating performance;

* Able to spot opportunities to enhance performance and reduce cost, the COO will have the ability to develop ideas into rational and objective business cases.

* A sophisticated and persuasive communicator, the successful candidate will be capable of influencing change through personal credibility, tenacity and determination;

* Commercial understanding in addition to good experience of the other corporate support functions, best practice within this context and experience of devising and delivering substantial change to their operating models.

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