Ealing’s full council asked to approve appointment of Paul Martin as new interim head of paid services

Paul Martin has significant experience in implementing transformation programmes, strengthening local economies and driving growth, liveability and resident satisfaction, which is a perfect fit for Ealing’s commitment to improve lives for residents.

Paul Martin is currently completing his role as interim chief executive and head of public services at the Government of Jersey.

Councillor Peter Mason, leader of the council, said: “As we start the search for our new permanent chief executive, I am delighted to be welcoming Paul Martin to Ealing in the New Year. Paul’s reputation is second to none and he will steer us through the first part of 2022 and the council elections.

"Prior to Paul Martin’s arrival, I am very grateful to Judith Finlay for stepping into the role of head of paid service and providing a continuity that I know will be appreciated by staff and councillors alike.”

Paul Martin said: “I'm pleased to have the opportunity to help Ealing Council over the coming months and move the council forward in partnership with elected members".

Judith Finlay, said: “It’s important we minimise the disruption during a very busy time for the council. Taking up this role will help keep us on track and start 2022 with focus and clarity.”

Paul Najsarek will step down from being head of paid service on Friday, 17 December.

The council is required to have a head of paid services at all times. So, to help with the short-term arrangements Full Council, on 14 December, will be asked to approve the following short-term appointment, to run from 18 December until (subject to approval by Full Council) Paul Martin joins: 

  • Judith Finlay, executive director of children, adults and public health, as the acting head of paid services.

The report to full council will also initiate the process to recruit a permanent chief executive.