Published: Tuesday, 10th Oct 2017

Bolton Council has appointed Tony Oakman as its new Chief Executive.

Following a rigorous 3-day assessment process, the Council’s Appointments Panel recommended the appointment of Tony Oakman to the post of Chief Executive, subject to approval by Full Council on Wednesday 11 October.

Tony has worked in local government throughout his career and has most recently been the Deputy Chief Executive at Dudley Council.

Tony has a wealth of experience in delivering and improving adult social care, children’s social care, community and health and wellbeing outcomes.  He has a strong track record of partnership working, delivering transformation and working with partners on regeneration and a place-based vision for Dudley.

As Chief Executive, he will be key to delivering effective high quality services in Bolton. His experience will ensure that Bolton continues to play a strong role in the Greater Manchester City Region and to get the most for the town from devolution.

He will also be focusing on delivering major regeneration projects in Bolton that will help secure greater economic prosperity and growth for the future, including the new town centre masterplan, Logistics North and Rivington Chase developments.

Tony, who was born in London, lives in Appley Bridge, Wigan and is married with three children.

Councillor Cliff Morris, Leader of Bolton Council said: “Tony has a passion for working in public service and more than thirty years' experience in local government.

“He will be a great asset to the council at a time when we have to make significant savings, transform services and maintain community outcomes despite reducing resources. He shares our values and understands the challenges that face us and I have no doubt he will be an outstanding Chief Executive.”

Tony said: “As an adopted Northerner who has lived in the North West for the last thirty years, it is a great privilege and honour to be given the opportunity to work in Bolton. I am passionate about the opportunity to work on behalf of local people and committed to delivering regeneration in the borough and improving opportunities for residents.”

He is expected to take up the post in early 2018 and will have a handover period with the current Chief Executive Margaret Asquith, who is due to retire at the end of March.