Conservative Wiltshire Council leader named as one of the most influential in public sector

Conservative Wiltshire Council leader named as one of the most influential in public sector

Wiltshire Council leader Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE has been named as one of the most influential people who work within the public sector.

The Local Government Chronicle (LGC) last week named Baroness Scott at number 39 in their LGC100 list which was compiled using nominations from the public, the LGC editorial team and a panel of judges.

Baroness Scott was leader of Wiltshire County Council from 2003 to 2009 and oversaw its transition to become a unitary authority and was subsequently elected leader of the newly formed Wiltshire Council, a position she still holds in 2018.

Her time as leader has coincided with unprecedented financial challenges in local government. As well as protecting key front line services and committing to protect those who are most vulnerable in the county, she has also delivered a number of ambitious and transformational projects. These include rationalising buildings and assets to become a more efficient organisation, supporting communities by devolving funding and services to the 18 well-established local area boards, enhancing and sustaining local facilities and services through the hub and campus programme, and working closely with businesses to attract major investment to the county and the provision and safeguarding of jobs.

The LGC said that Baroness Scott was "…among the most longstanding and influential leaders in local government."

Conservative Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE said: 

I do this job because I am passionate about Wiltshire, and I want to make a positive difference to our local communities. As a member of the House of Lords I make sure that Wiltshire has a voice on the national stage.
I see this recognition from the LGC as not just an honour for me personally, but for my cabinet and council staff who work so hard for the people of Wiltshire. I am proud to represent them as leader of a council that has been recognised nationally for its achievements.

Last year, Wiltshire Council launched its 10-year business plan with the vision to create strong communities in Wiltshire. The council's key priorities are: 

  1. Growing the economy 
  2. Strong communities 
  3. Protecting those who are most vulnerable

by Hollis Butler,