Posted by: John Brace | 19th July 2012

Interim Chief Executive (Wirral Council) Graham Burgess

Graham Burgess As regular readers of this blog will know the previous permanent Chief Executive of Wirral Council Jim Wilkie retired early on the 7th July 2012. Since then to great fanfare a Graham Burgess was appointed to the role of Interim Chief Executive on Monday evening 16th July 2012 (although technically until he signs an employment contract he’s just a member of the public).

Fine you may say, for once things are running “smoothly” at Wirral Council and they’re not spending around a year trying to recruit someone? Well not exactly, as the plan is that Graham Burgess won’t be stepping down as Chief Executive of Blackburn with Darwen Council and NHS Blackburn with Darwen Care Trust Plus for another three months (which takes us to October 2012 September 2012). He’ll be the fourth Chief Executive Wirral Council has had this calendar year. All these Chief Executives (as Wirral’s constitution reserves this power to them) have been appointed by Wirral Council councillors.


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  2. I can’t find a link on the council website to this appointment. Was it under an Employment & Appointments Committee or and E & A Sub-committee on the date you mentioned?

    • The date I mentioned was a full Council meeting, see . Certain appointments (I think Chief Executive is one, Returning Officer and Monitoring Officer are others) are made by the whole Council rather by the E&A committee or subcommittee. In practice though this is usually done based on the recommendation of the E&A members. Hope that helps and if you want the full details on the posts that are decided by full Council (or those by the E&A committee), I think it’s in Wirral Council’s constitution (which is on the website).