Date: Thursday10 September Time: 18:00 – 20:00 followed by refreshments Venue: ACCA, 29 Lincolns’ Inn Fields, London WC2A 3EE Fee: Free CPD Units: 2
Topic overview How is assurance maintained when services are outsourced? Paul Blantern – chief executive of Northamptonshire County Council – has overseen the outsourcing of all the Council’s services including internal audit. Paul will talk about what he has done, why, and how he gets assurance on commercial delivery and contract management.
Speaker Dr Paul Blantern has been chief executive officer of Northamptonshire County Council since March 2010. Paul started his career in the private sector, rising to become managing director of a commercial arm of Severn Trent plc. He has worked with a number of major utility, business and public sector clients, delivering significant improvements through a range of projects at a strategic level, including company creations, de-mergers and large scale re-engineering projects, including the creation of Network Rail. Paul has brought this innovative approach to the public sector. During his tenure at NCC, he instigated and was the first MD of the council’s innovative shared services partnership with Cambridgeshire County Council known as LGSS which is now one of the largest in the country.
Paul has overseen the creation of Olympus Care Services Ltd, the impending launch of breeze-e.com, as well as the complete transformation of many council services. For example, LibraryPlus now has all Northamptonshire libraries with seven day opening, significant increases in footfall and multi-use, including over 115 business start-ups from Enterprise Hubs during the last 12 months.
Paul is Chair of the national library taskforce, ‘Leadership for Libraries’ on the future of libraries in England, looking to provide a strategic framework to help reinvigorate libraries and deliver the recommendations of William Sieghart's independent library review.