Merton welcomes new director of transformation

Merton Council has appointed its new director of transformation, Chris Pope OBE, who joins from Europe’s largest private construction business Laing O’Rourke Ltd. Replacing the former Assistant Chief Executive role, Chris is taking on the job of transforming Merton Council into a leaner and more efficient organisation.

After serving in the Army for many years in a variety of roles and more recently in the commercial sector, Merton is set to benefit from Chris’s extensive career experience in areas such as transformation, engineering, operations and change management.

During his time at Laing O’Rourke Ltd he was personally accountable for the delivery of a new training and development system for 1100 engineers, for introducing a personnel resource planning system and for creating a performance management regime for the engineering function.

Joining Merton on Monday 14 September, Chris will also bring experience from his time as director of strategic business change for the Army where he planned the largest change programme faced by the Army in over 20 years and as Group Projects Director at Tribal Group plc where he reorganised and streamlined the Group’s corporate services.

Councillor Samantha George, Merton Council deputy leader and cabinet member for change management and performance said:

“We are very pleased to have Chris joining us here at Merton. Although now recognised as a four star council that is improving strongly Chris will lead the programme to transform the council into a leaner organisation that continues to offer residents quality services at a price they can afford.”

Chris Pope said:

“I am really looking forward to joining the Merton Council team. The council is already performing strongly despite the difficult financial climate. Transforming it into an outstanding organisation that provides the very best services for its residents in a way that is fit for purpose for the future using methods unrivalled in local government will be a real challenge.

“I am confident that everyone wants to succeed and can’t wait to begin to harness all this enthusiasm to make Merton a council that is held in the highest regard by its residents, employees, partners, suppliers and other councils, both locally and nationally.”

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