One Of Council’s Most Senior Officers Has Left His Job

Director of Finance, Peter Lawrence-Roberts

Director of Finance, Peter Lawrence-Roberts

The Council of the Isles of Scilly’s Director of Finance and Resources has left the authority.

Peter Lawrence Roberts is taking up his entitlement for voluntary redundancy offered as part of the Council’s management reorganisation and cost reduction programme.

Interim Chief Executive Barry Keel has emailed all staff to say that Mr Lawrence Roberts left his £70,000 a year position with effect from Thursday afternoon.

Peter joined the Council in 2007 and one of his successes has been the Council’s “grow your own” policy, where young islanders receive on-the-job training so they can develop into future management positions.

It’s designed to reduce to need to recruit staff from the mainland.

He also drove the creation of the single contact point for the Council – the One Stop Shop.

And speaking to Radio Scilly in 2012 Peter said he’s proud of his work in championing diversity policy within the authority.

But Mr Lawrence Robert has also received some criticism for the level of expenses he claimed for travel to Scilly from Exeter.

In one year it amounted to £18,000,  £2,000 more than the annual salary level of some of his Finance Department staff.

His reimbursable costs were agreed as part of his contract.

Iain McCulloch has been overseeing Council finances in Peter’s recent absence from the Town Hall. He will continue as the most senior financial officer.

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