Added on: 1st August, 2019 by O1
The London Borough of Bromley have appointed a new Chief Executive who will guide the Council through a period of financial uncertainty and “transformation”.
Ade Adetosoye oversaw major improvements to the council’s children’s services following a disappointing Ofsted inspection in 2016 and took over as interim chief executive last year, after the resignation of long-serving boss Doug Patterson. He has now been formally signed off as the new top boss, as the council plans a leadership shake up to save cash towards an accumulative budget gap by 2023.
Chief executives are the most powerful officers in a council, and work alongside the elected members to shape the direction of the authority’s work and oversee operations. Mr Adetosoye’s appointment comes at a time in which the council is preparing a “Transforming Bromley” strategy, which is partly to combat a £30m budget gap that takes the council up to 2023. The project is said to be “crucial for the future operational and financial stability” of council services in light of upcoming Government cuts.
Speaking after the meeting, council leader Colin Smith said: “I am extremely pleased for Mr Adetosoye personally, and absolutely delighted for Bromley residents more widely, that he has been confirmed to post as the borough’s chief executive and welcome the thought of continuing our work together on this programme.
“Mr Adetosoye’s track record in local government has earned him an outstanding reputation and with good cause. He has already demonstrated the strength of his leadership skills by turning around Bromley’s children’s service team and establishing strong working relationships both within the council and externally.
“He is, quite simply, the best man for the job, and I know that I can speak for all Bromley Councillors when I wish him the very best of good luck in his new role.”