Troubleshooter to take reins at Hounslow

The replacement for retiring Mark Gilks as Chief Executive of Hounslow Council will be an interim, and has a reputation as a troubleshooter.

The Hounslow Chronicle reports Michael Frater has been chosen by the members’ panel as ‘interim chief executive’ but his appointment has yet to be approved by the executive and borough council, which is due to meet at the end of next month once the new administration .

Frater has a record of turning tound underperforming authorities. He was brought in by Surrey County Council in January 2009 after the authority received a one-star rating, down from three, in the Community Performance Assessment (CPA). After six months in charge, he produced a damning report, accusing the council of a “fundamental failure of leadership, culture and governance”. Before that he worked at Walsall, LB Redbridge, Telford & Wrekin, and Nottingham.

LB Hounslow is not in the same situation as Surrey was – it rated three out of four for ‘managing performance’, and judged to be ‘performing well’, in the Audit Commission’s Comprehensive Area Assessment. Nonetheless, this seems an eyecatching appointment.


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