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Council appoints new Heads of Service

 13 November 2014  |  


David Burns (left) and Mark Baker (right) are our new Heads of Service

David Burns (left) and Mark Baker (right) are our new Heads of Service

South Ayrshire Council has now filled all posts within its revised corporate management team structure following the appointment of two new Heads of Service – one for Housing and Facilities and one for Policy and Performance.

David Burns, formerly Strategic Service Planning Manager for the Council's Housing and Community Care service, takes up the post of Head of Housing and Facilities with immediate effect.

And Mark Baker, currently Service Manager for Performance and Improvement at Aberdeenshire Council, has been appointed Head of Policy and Performance and will take up his post next month.

Both new Heads of Service have enjoyed extensive and successful careers in both the private and public sectors.

David, who lives in North Ayrshire with his wife and two children, started his career as a Youth Trainee with the housing service at Renfrewshire Council. Since then, he's worked his way through the housing ranks – in both local authority and housing association sectors.

Notable achievements in his career include the reintroduction of Council new-build housing in South Ayrshire, regeneration of the Haldane estate in Balloch and – more recently – leading on social work service reviews within community care.

David, who referees junior football in his spare time, is a corporate member of the Chartered Institute of Housing and gained his Masters Degree in 2003 while studying on a part-time basis.

He said: "I'm delighted to lead the housing and facilities team at such a transformational time for the Council. We're making big changes to our facilities management service and reviewing our Housing Revenue Account budgeting – including rent levels – to ensure we deliver the services our residents require and deserve. These are big changes but ones I know we can deliver while making a difference for our residents."

Mark – originally from Ayrshire – lives with his partner and has a 14-year-old son. He studied and worked in Aberdeen in the field of architecture, designing hotels and restaurants before specialising in large scale office refurbishments in the oil and gas sector. He joined Aberdeenshire Council as a consultant designer in 2003.

From 2009, he led the mobile and flexible working programme called 'Worksmart' at a local and national level, creating the 'new ways of working' strand with the Improvement Service and colleagues across many public sector organisations in the UK and beyond.

As a result of this, he became Service Manager (Performance & Improvement) and, from 2010, has built and managed an award-winning team who support and deliver corporate frameworks for the performance and improvement cycle, mobile and flexible working, equalities, and scrutiny and audit support.

Mark said: "This is a challenging, but also an exciting time for South Ayrshire Council and I very much look forward to getting to work with my team to help steer the Council onwards on its improvement journey. I feel very fortunate to have been chosen to support the Council, elected members, communities and partners through this next phase and can't wait to get started."

South Ayrshire Council Chief Executive, Eileen Howat, added: "David and Mark's appointments conclude a process that started back in May when we revised our corporate management team structure and I'm very pleased they will both be in post before the end of the year.

"Their drive, leadership and direction – and that of the rest of the corporate management team – are of vital importance as we move forward and work to ensure we continue to deliver best value for our people and communities. My congratulations to them both and I look forward to working with them in their new roles."

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