Milton Keynes Council welcomes new ‘director of place’ next week

Duncan Sharkey is the new director of place at Milton Keynes Council
Duncan Sharkey is the new director of place at Milton Keynes Council

A new corporate director of place will join Milton Keynes Council next week.

Duncan Sharkey will take up the brand new council post, which pays up to £140,000, on Monday.

He leaves behind his five-year role as managing director of Worcester City Council - and adds an extra £35,000 to his current salary.

He will now focus on the “future successful growth and development of Milton Keynes”, with his responsibilities including regeneration, housing, planning, transport and public realm.  

Mr Sharkey said: “I’m really pleased to be working in such a great place as Milton Keynes.

“There is always a lot to do in any place but I’m particularly looking forward to working with my new colleagues, local people and especially local businesses to ensure that Milton Keynes continues to be a brilliant place.”

The Citizen announced his appointment back in March as it was revealed 90 council staff could soon be out of a job amid a bout of redundancies.

But a council spokesman insisted the new role was “pivotal” in taking forward the growth and development of the city.

Mr Sharkey joins Michael Bracey, director of people, and Tim Hannam, director for resources, to work in the corporate team.

They will all work underneath chief executive Carole Mills who joined the council in July last year.

Ms Mills said: “We are very pleased to have Duncan join Milton Keynes Council at this challenging but exciting time. 

“He comes with a strong background in development infrastructure delivery and business engagement and we look forward to welcoming him to Team MKC where we expect that he will make an extremely positive contribution to the Council and the future of Milton Keynes.”