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Thomas tasked with leading the way through Covid-19 recovery

The Council’s Senior Manager for Streetscene has been appointed to lead the local authority through the recovery and renewal stage of Covid-19.

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The Council’s Senior Manager for Streetscene has been appointed to lead the local authority through the recovery and renewal stage of Covid-19.

Thomas Reaney has been with North Ayrshire Council for 14 years, where he has held senior roles within both Streetscene and Procurement.

In his most recent position, he has headed up the Streetscene team – one of the Council’s largest workforces – responsible for the maintenance and improvement of the area’s public spaces including grounds maintenance, fly-tipping, litter, beach cleaning, playparks and bereavement services – to name just a few.

But as of Monday 1 June, Thomas will take on the role of Head of Service for Recovery and Renewal for an initial 18-month period, during which time he will provide a strategic approach to navigating the Council’s recovery from the current crisis.

In this high-profile position, he will support the Council’s Chief Executive by:
◾Leading the planning and coordination of recovery from the consequences of Covid-19
◾Re-evaluating the need and demand for services, including how best to support vulnerable people
◾Supporting the rapid adaptation of existing or development of new services to meet new needs arising as a result of the pandemic
◾Providing direction on new ways of working across the Council
◾Monitoring and assessing risks from the national and international response to Covid-19

Chief Executive Craig Hatton said: “I am delighted that Thomas will join our Strategic Leadership Team at such a crucial time. We have never faced anything like this before, but we are rising to the challenges that each day brings and are supporting our communities as best as we can through this crisis.

“Having worked closely with Thomas for a number of years, I know he will bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to this role. He will play a vital part in our approach to designing and delivering our recovery from the pandemic.”

Speaking about the appointment, Thomas, said: “Challenging times lie ahead, and I am looking forward to playing a part in shaping our route back towards a ‘new normal’.”

“Like everyone, we faced unprecedented circumstances, however, our teaching and support staff used their skills, knowledge and experience to act, react and respond to the situation we found ourselves in.

– Caroline Amos, Head of Education

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