Friday, 18 February 2011
18TH of February 2011
To: All States Members.
I am writing to inform you that, in accordance with the terms of his contract, the Chief Executive, Bill Ogley, and I have agreed to a mutual termination of his employment as from 31st May 2011.
Mr. Ogley came to Jersey in April 2003 to work as Chief Executive responsible for all the functions of the Policy and Resources Committee. He was recruited to lead on the executive changes required to implement Ministerial Government and then to become the Chief Executive to the Council of Ministers and Head of the Paid Service. It was envisaged that following the Clothier reforms the States would become a corporate entity and that the Chief Executive, answering to a unified Council of Ministers, would have responsibility for the whole organisation.
Since 2003 the States has undergone fundamental reform of its political, officer and fiscal structures. However not all the changes envisaged were adopted by the States. During that period the Council of Ministers and the States have also undergone an unprecedented level of turmoil, whether it was the Historic Child abuse investigation and attendant issues, the global recession, or increasing international pressure on the Finance Industry and our fiscal structures.
Despite the pressures, the first Council of Ministers made excellent progress with its strategic plan and we, as the second Council, are well on the way to delivering our plan. The Chief Executive has played an important part in delivering these successes and in responding effectively to the pressures. I thank him for his sterling work.
However, today the States is a significantly different organisation to the one it was planned to become. The Financial, international and domestic climate has also changed fundamentally. At a time when we are intent on making savings across the States we have to look at every possibility. I therefore intend to carry out a review of the senior corporate structures and roles, with particular reference to the Chief Minister’s Department. Thus after 8 successful years, the Chief Executive and I have agreed that now would be a good time for change at the top of the civil service.
Mr Ogley and his wife will be returning to the UK to be nearer their family. I thank him for a job well done and wish him all the best for his next new venture.
Senator Terry Le Sueur