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Paul scores top role with Warwickshire County Council

Paul Galland has been appointed as the new Strategic Director of Warwickshire County Council’s Environment and Economy Directorate.

Paul will start his new role in April, when he will take over from the directorate’s current interim director David Pywell.

Paul joins Warwickshire from his position as Director in the Environment Directorate at Gloucestershire County Council, where he has worked since 2001. He is the council’s Lead Director for Highways, Transport and Waste Management. Paul also undertakes a number of corporate roles, sitting on a variety project boards, and has led teams on cross council projects, such as producing the authority’s first corporate self-assessment.

Paul said: “I’m really looking forward to starting work in Warwickshire. I’ve always enjoyed the challenge of improving services to move them on to the next level, and hopefully this should fit well with building on the excellent work already taking place in the Environment and Economy Directorate.”

Paul’s innovative approach recently led the development and implementation of a groundbreaking contract and partnership for the highways and transport business in Gloucestershire.

In 2007, Paul directed the ‘works’ emergency response team during the long emergency due to the summer floods and water shortage crisis and subsequently led the infrastructure recovery team as part of the recovery process.

He sits on a number of partnership boards within and outside of the county council, including a multi-agency group looking at improving flood alleviation and drainage for the county, which he chairs.

Paul was the County Trading Standards Officer for Gloucestershire between 1993 and 2001 and is a past Chairman of the Trading Standards Institute.  Before joining Gloucestershire, Paul worked for West Midlands County Council and Birmingham City Council. 

Paul is married with two teenage daughters. Away from work he is a keen cook, and describes himself as a ‘long suffering’ West Bromwich Albion supporter and a season ticket holder at Gloucester Rugby Club.

David Pywell has been keeping the directorate on course since Christmas. He formed his own consultancy dealing with Transportation, Planning and Development in 2006, following 12 years with Birmingham City Council.

As the City Council’s Strategic Director of Development he was responsible for leading one of the most successful urban regeneration programmes in the UK. He was involved in projects such as the Bull Ring, the removal of Masshouse Circus and the New University Hospital as well as being the author of the City’s first Transport Strategy for eighty years and getting the go ahead for a massive £2.5bn investment in highway management and maintenance.

Trained as a Civil Engineer David continues to lead for Birmingham on the proposed re-development of New Street Station.

Jim Graham, Warwickshire County Council’s Chief Executive, said: “Warwickshire is a forward looking authority and I believe Paul has excellent qualities in meeting the demands of the Environment and Economy Directorate.

“He is not a person to stand still, and provides us with a very exciting addition to the team.”

Cllr Alan Farnell, Leader of Warwickshire County Council, added: “There was an extremely high calibre of applicant for this position and it is a testament to Paul’s skills and experience that he is taking on this role.”