Nottingham City Council turns to experienced finance chief to help balance books

Ross Brown

Nottingham City Council has unveiled a new finance boss, with the news coming just days after the authority revealed 110 jobs could be cut as part of a range of measures to tackle its £32.2m budget deficit.

Ross Brown will officially take up the post of corporate director for finance and resources and Section 151 officer on 3 January, replacing interim finance chief Clive Heaphy.

Brown brings 17 years’ experience in local government to the role including a stint as Section 151 officer at the London Borough of Ealing.

Welcoming Brown’s appointment, Nottingham City Council leader David Mellen said the experienced hand would strengthen the authority’s leadership team “at a time when our budgets are being placed under real pressure.”

Brown said: “I am delighted to be joining Nottingham City Council at this key stage of its transformation and improvement journey. 

“The council’s challenges are well documented and while I don’t underestimate the scale of the task ahead, I’m excited to be joining an ambitious and determined authority which is committed to addressing the issues which led to Government intervention and transforming itself into a better-run council.

“I’m confident that with the support of committed and dedicated colleagues, we’ll work together to build, develop and enable a Finance and Resources Directorate at the heart of the council’s vision for delivering together for Nottingham’s residents and businesses.”

Chief executive Mel Barrett said: “I congratulate Ross on his appointment and I and my colleagues look forward to working with him when he takes up his post in the New Year.”

Barrett added: “I’d also like to pay tribute to the work carried out over the past two years by Clive Heaphy and wish him the very best for the future.”

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