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The Isle of Wight Council has appointed Colin Rowland as its new permanent Director of Neighbourhoods, who will look after a host of services, including waste, highways and 1Leisure.

Colin is an experienced senior leader in Place and Neighbourhood services, and has worked in senior roles at a number of other local authorities including Basingstoke and Deane (interim director of Borough Services), Southampton, and Hampshire. He was also head of environmental services at Havant Council.

In his role, Mr Rowland will provide the strategic leadership necessary to secure improvements in both the council’s commercial service contracts and to increase commercial activity and income generation.

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As director, he will lead the development and execution of strategies that ensure efficient and effective highways and transportation networks, waste services and other place-based services such as leisure and parks and countryside that meet the needs of the Island and its residents.

Mr Rowland replaces Interim Director of Neighbourhoods, Trevor Pugh, who has held the role for the past 6 months.

John Metcalfe, Chief Executive of the Isle of Wight Council, said:

“Our neighbourhood services are the more visible and commercial side of council life, covering parks and open spaces, regulatory services and waste services to name but a few. I would like to thank Mr Pugh for the leadership he brought to the interim role and welcome Colin to his new role and I am sure he will further build on the strong foundation in place.”

Mr Rowland said:

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“I am really excited about taking on this role involving a group of high profile universal services that have a significant impact on the quality of life and the economy of the Island. My aim will be to support staff in further improving the efficiency and effectiveness of these services for the benefit of the Island’s residents and visitors.”


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