Oxford City Council chief makes Reading switch

READING Borough Council has named Peter Sloman as its new chief executive.

Sloman has been chief executive of Oxford City Council for nearly a decade, during which the authority was twice named Council of the Year. He also spent 10 years as director of housing at Slough Borough Council.

He will succeed Simon Warren, who has been Reading's interim managing director since July 2016. Warren will leave the council at the end of March, with director of environment and neighbourhood services Alison Bell stepping in as acting chief executive until Sloman takes up the post.

"Reading is already recognised as the economic hub of the Thames Valley. My experience in Slough and 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," he said.

"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."

Cllr Jo Lovelock, leader of Reading Borough Council, 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 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."