Deputy chief executive for environment and regeneration Shifa Mustafa left on Friday

Shifa Mustafa (back left) with Andy Hill (back right), Cllr Clyde Loakes (front left) and Justin Ribbons, CEO of Empire Cinemas

Shifa Mustafa (back left) with Andy Hill (back right), Cllr Clyde Loakes (front left) and Justin Ribbons, CEO of Empire Cinemas

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East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter - Waltham Forest

A senior town hall official has left her post, it has been announced.

Deputy chief executive for environment and regeneration, Shifa Mustafa, left the council on Friday as part of major changes to its 'Redefining Waltham Forest' programme.

The programme aims to make savings while promote growth and development in one of London's smallest economies. 

A spokeswoman for the council has confirmed Ms Mustafa post, which was renamed from chief executive for environment in July, has been axed. 

In an email to staff and councillors this morning, council chief exeutive Martin Esom has said there will be changes to senior management in the regeneration department. 

The council statement released today sets out their latest phase of the programme aimed at finding £45 million in savings over the next ten years. 

It added: "With the growing private rented sector and need for more affordable housing affecting Waltham Forest and other parts of London, we recognise that housing needs to be a key part of our plans.

"To enable this focus, we have made some changes to our senior management structure, which includes deleting the Chief Executive: Growth and Regeneration post.

"Over the past six years Shifa has made a valuable contribution to improving Waltham Forest.

"She successfully led her team to deliver a number of regeneration projects and has helped the borough attract substantial external investment which has been vital for our journey thus far and going forward."

 

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3:12pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Thunderbird4 says...

Why the photoshop?
Why the photoshop? Thunderbird4
  • Score: 2

5:20pm Mon 1 Sep 14

cynicalsue says...

An overpaid pen-pusher leaves her job. Why is this news?
An overpaid pen-pusher leaves her job. Why is this news? cynicalsue
  • Score: 9

9:01pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Villagecranberry says...

Massive severance pay no doubt.m what did she actually achieve?

As useful as a one legged man at a backside kicking contest.
Massive severance pay no doubt.m what did she actually achieve? As useful as a one legged man at a backside kicking contest. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 5

9:37am Tue 2 Sep 14

Megamix says...

They can make further savings by reducing ALL Chief Executive salary also. :)
They can make further savings by reducing ALL Chief Executive salary also. :) Megamix
  • Score: 3

1:20am Wed 3 Sep 14

mdj says...

The back-story is missing here about all the shin-kicking and buck-passing that Ms Mustafa has had to shoulder over several issues discreditable to this Council, of which the looming E11 Bid scandal is only the latest. To leave to the sound of praises from Mr Esom must grate.

The sad and worrying thing is how hard it is for the outside observer to work out who in these cryptic comings and goings deserves our praise or our blame, so closed and self-protective is this small world of local government management.

Central government is under constant watch by highly-paid and able people from other parties, campaign groups or the press.

In local government however we are in the position of the Kremlin-watchers of the 50s and 60s, trying to form an idea of who was In or Out by the position of the seating on the podium in Red Square.

The days when we could could hope for effective scrutiny of such figures by councillors is long gone, now that so many are from local government or other public sector backgrounds themselves; asking awkward questions of authority is not in their mindset, yet this is what we pay them to do.
The back-story is missing here about all the shin-kicking and buck-passing that Ms Mustafa has had to shoulder over several issues discreditable to this Council, of which the looming E11 Bid scandal is only the latest. To leave to the sound of praises from Mr Esom must grate. The sad and worrying thing is how hard it is for the outside observer to work out who in these cryptic comings and goings deserves our praise or our blame, so closed and self-protective is this small world of local government management. Central government is under constant watch by highly-paid and able people from other parties, campaign groups or the press. In local government however we are in the position of the Kremlin-watchers of the 50s and 60s, trying to form an idea of who was In or Out by the position of the seating on the podium in Red Square. The days when we could could hope for effective scrutiny of such figures by councillors is long gone, now that so many are from local government or other public sector backgrounds themselves; asking awkward questions of authority is not in their mindset, yet this is what we pay them to do. mdj
  • Score: 1

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