Vacancy created by Stuart Love’s departure considered in Root and Branch review

The council confirm that no date has been agreed for Stuart Love‘s departure and that the vacancy created will be considered as part of the Root and Branch review.

Papers :

Following the news published this morning that Stuart Love will be leaving the Isle of Wight council to take up a Director role with Southampton City Council, the IW council have confirmed that no departure date has yet been agreed.

Managing director Dave Burbage said,

“Stuart has made a significant and highly-valued contribution to the council over the past seven years, bringing vision, drive and great professionalism to the many services under the economy and environment brief.

“He has strategically led services in a period of major change and economic constraint, and I am confident over the coming years Island residents will continue to see the real benefits of his important contribution. Most notably this includes areas such as the highways PFI project, the improvements to waste collection and recycling services on the Island, and a wide range of projects to help revive the Island’s economy.”

Council leader, Councillor Ian Stephens, added,

“We have been very fortunate to have benefited from the skills and expertise of Stuart over what has often been a difficult period for the council. His involvement will be a great loss to both the council and the Island, but naturally we wish him every success in his future post with Southampton City Council.”

Root and Branch Review
The council also confirm that the vacancy created by Mr Love’s departure will now be considered as part of the council’s overall Root and Branch Review of services.

They say interim arrangements will be put in place to ensure management arrangements for staff continue without any effect on services.

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14 Comments

  1. Black Dog's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

    7.Oct.2013 6:33pm

    Nice words while he is still there. I suspect there was little or no attempt to hang on to him.

    Vision and direction come from politicians and it is up to paid staff to make it work. Stuart Love has no commercial acumen and elevated himself under the Conservatives as they had even less acumen let alone manners or that vital ingredient Common Sense

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  2. Cicero's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    7.Oct.2013 7:18pm

    “He has strategically led services in a period of major change and economic constraint, and I am confident over the coming years Island residents will continue to see the real benefits of his important contribution. Most notably this includes areas such as the highways PFI project,”

    Mmmm! DB’s hostage to fortune! :-))

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  3. Bystander's comment is rated -2 Vote +1 Vote -1

    7.Oct.2013 7:32pm

    “It’s hard to lead a cavalry charge if you think you look funny on a horse.” [Ian]
    ― Adlai E. Stevenson II

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  4. mittromneylovesiow's comment not rated yet. Add your vote Vote +1 Vote -1

    7.Oct.2013 8:04pm

    Here’s another soundbite:-

    “Captains’ log twenty thirteen ten seven. We are marooned in an unknown territory. Several members of the crew have beamed down to planet mainland and are yet to return. I am left alone on the bridge contemplating my next move. Set budgets to stun. Scotty status report?”
    “We’ve no money left captain. We’ve no staff left captain. We’re about to be boarded by USS Hampshire”

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  5. redstream's comment is rated -2 Vote +1 Vote -1

    8.Oct.2013 10:28pm

    If islanders keep castigating and belittling top notch senior officers like Stuart Love , we deserve all we get in the future . Just examine for a minute what he has had to cope with . A CEO who was lamentably weak and who gave duff advice to an inexperienced council leader . A financial black hole that was widening every week ( and continues to widen ) . Incompetent and poor quality staff and difficulties in delivering essential services . This Island is crying out for strong effective and collaborative leadership . It will not get it if we continue to rubbish the few genuinely high quality serving officers

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    • tryme's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

      8.Oct.2013 10:44pm

      Was everyone out of step except our Willie, then?

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    • Steve Beygon's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

      9.Oct.2013 8:20am

      When I read a post like this I find it hard to believe that I live on the same island, as I cannot believe that anyone would use words like ‘top notch’ and ‘genuinely high quality’ in relation to this individual. If I were to rank the previous councils leadership in terms of their ability, Stuart Love would be ranked along side Steve Beynon and David Pugh, and should have been one of the first to walk the plank.

      What this island needs is strong, principled, honest, hard working, intelligent, professional, preferably island based leadership.

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  6. Island Monkey's comment is rated +1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    8.Oct.2013 10:50pm

    Mr Love was as unconvincing as his Tory masters. Only those in-the-know can tell us if he was actually any good at his job. I heard mixed reports, he was certainly ambitious and was definitely promised the top job – in the event Pugh & Co won again.

    Be fair, it cannot have been easy working for those nasty Tories. At least he was well paid, just like the other senior officers who were so loyal.

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  7. Steve Beygon's comment is rated +6 Vote +1 Vote -1

    9.Oct.2013 8:36am

    When I read a post like the one by redstream I find it hard to believe that I live on the same island, as I cannot believe that anyone would use words like ‘top notch’ and ‘genuinely high quality’ in relation to this individual. If I were to rank the previous councils leadership in terms of their ability, Stuart Love would be ranked along side Steve Beynon and David Pugh, and should have been one of the first to walk the plank.

    What this island needs is strong, principled, honest, hard working, intelligent, professional, preferably island based leadership.

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    • Bystander's comment is rated -5 Vote +1 Vote -1

      9.Oct.2013 8:44am

      Ian Stephens lives on the Island, that’s about it though

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    • Albert Street's comment is rated +3 Vote +1 Vote -1

      9.Oct.2013 9:06am

      I have not posted for some time now but still continue to read OTW. The problem with leadership is two fold on the Island

      Council leadership (Dave Burbage) in my opinion is capable under DB’s stewardship, expressly now after having one of the last (but not the very last) blockages signaled he is leaving. Despite his kind words DB inherited a talent-less group of directors while being charged to do the top job. He now has the opportunity to put in-place his own team, who when asked to jump not just ask how high but why so they can fully understand policy, urgency, need, etc.

      There is a wealth of raw talent at the council that needs nurturing and that will take time.

      Secondly the Political Leadership from the Independents is weak, I am not saying the job the leader has to do is easy as he has to guide 20 INDEPENDENTS with 20 different views on how things should be done.

      I.S. does not have the presence, skills or experience required to manage the group to massage all their egos.

      Groups of any kind need natural leaders that command respect and THERE IS THE PROBLEM

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  8. Bystander's comment is rated -1 Vote +1 Vote -1

    9.Oct.2013 10:59am

    Stephens statement praising Love is a prime example of his weasel words as before the election he said top heads would roll to make way for Island born & bred heads of service.

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  9. Steve Beygon's comment is rated +4 Vote +1 Vote -1

    9.Oct.2013 11:12am

    Be fair Bystander, if he wasn’t praised by the council, Southampton might have second thoughts – nobody would want that now would they !

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  10. Bystander's comment is rated +2 Vote +1 Vote -1

    12.Oct.2013 11:29pm

    His vacant position may well be being considered as part of the Root and Branch Review but I heard his leaving had nothing whatsoever to do with it as Stuart Love most certainly jumped, he wasn’t pushed. Never popular, for good reason, but one things for sure he was a shrewd operator and always knew what side his bread was buttered on. And it’s very much the other side (of the Solent) as this ship’s sinking fast and he knows it.

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