Council appoints head of finance

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ABERDEENSHIRE Council has appointed Alan Wood has as head of finance following a meeting in Aberdeen last week.

Mr Wood will be responsible for the authority’s finances including revenues, benefits, the council’s budget, payments, treasury and council tax collection.

The decision was made by the council’s appointments committee on Friday, March 2.

Mr Wood’s career started with Grampian Regional Council as a trainee accountant then onto the role of accountant when Aberdeenshire Council was formed in 1996.

Moving up the ranks, Mr Wood became principal accountant for corporate services and then planning and environmental services, before becoming corporate finance manager nine years ago.

Mr Wood has most recently served as acting head of finance (since November 2011) and now takes up the role permanently.

He will also act as the council’s Section 95 officer and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) and CIPFA’s Scottish Executive Committee. As head of finance, Mr Wood is now responsible for overseeing a budget of £548million and will lead, manage and develop the corporate finance and accountancy teams as well as the payments, revenues and benefits functions.

Appointments Committee chair and leader of the council, Councillor Anne Robertson, said: “I am extremely pleased to welcome Alan Wood to this senior position.

“He has done an excellent job in an ‘interim’ capacity and I’m delighted that Alan has secured this position on a permanent basis.

“I know that the council’s finances will be in good hands under his leadership.

“The public purse has been stretched dramatically in recent times and public sector finances have been under a great deal of scrutiny.

“Alan brings a breadth of skills and knowledge to this post and will ensure that our finances continue to be managed effectively and efficiently.”