Nottingham City Council has made a permanent appointment to a key role on its senior management team.

Ross Brown (pictured) will take up the role of Corporate Director for Finance and Resources and Section 151 Officer on 3 January, taking over from Clive Heaphy who has held the position on an interim basis.

Ross is an experienced senior officer who has worked in local government for more than 17 years, including as Section 151 Officer at the London Borough of Ealing.

Ross 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.

“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.”

Councillor David Mellen, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “We welcome the experience that Ross will bring to a key role within the council’s operation. He further strengthens the senior leadership team at a time when our budgets are being placed under real pressure.”