Peter Sloman has been selected as the preferred candidate to become the permanent new Chief Executive at Reading Borough Council.
Mr Sloman was recently interviewed by the cross-party Personnel Panel, which is making a unanimous recommendation to a meeting of Full Council on Tuesday March 28th to ratify the appointment.
With more than 30 years’ service of Local Government, Mr Sloman brings a wealth of experience to Reading.
He is currently Chief Executive of nearby Oxford City Council, where he has held the post for just under a decade. He also has more than 10 years’ experience of Local Government in Berkshire, having held the post of Director of Housing at Slough Borough Council between 1990 and 2000.
Peter Sloman said:
“I am delighted to have been chosen as the preferred candidate for the Chief Executive post in Reading, and look forward to helping it deliver on its huge potential.
“Reading is already recognised as the economic hub of the Thames Valley. My experience in Slough and in Oxford means I also understand the huge pressures on towns like Reading, both in demand for Council services and the delivery of high quality Council services.
“This is a hugely challenging time for Local Government everywhere, but working closely with councillors in Reading I am determined to ensure the Council continues to work hard on behalf of all residents.
“I share the Council’s values in terms of promoting fairness and community cohesion. I also enjoy being at the heart of a council which is at the centre of its community, improving the life chances of people and providing public services. I feel most at home working with frontline staff doing difficult jobs supporting people, and I look forward to getting started.”
Councillor Jo Lovelock, Reading Borough Council Leader, said:
“We are pleased to have attracted a candidate of Peter Sloman’s calibre to Reading. He has a strong track record and brings with him a wealth of experience.
“That experience will be hugely important in the years to come as the Council balances delivering more savings as a result of Government cuts to funding, while coping with increasing demands for Council services, like caring for the elderly and vulnerable children.
“Reading has so much to offer and we remain determined to face those challenges head on by delivering quality services, and by attracting the inward investment needed to benefit both the town’s economy and its residents.”
If agreed at Full Council on March 28th, Mr Sloman will succeed Simon Warren, who has been interim Managing Director since July 2016. Mr Warren will leave the Council at the end of March and Alison Bell, the Council’s Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services, will take up the post on an acting basis over the few weeks before Mr Sloman can take up the post. He will also be spending some time in Reading before he officially starts to ensure a smooth handover.