Tony Goodwin is the Chief Executive of Tamworth Borough
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Take a look at Tony's career and a look at his views on
the role, challenges and his plans now he has the
It cannot be said that Tony’s career path has
followed either a traditional or even straightforward route to his
appointment as Chief Executive of Tamworth Borough Council.
After graduating as a geography and PE
teacher, he taught for two terms at a high school in Glasgow,
before realising he was scared of children.
Seeking something safer, he joined the Royal
Marine Commandos where he served as a commissioned officer until he
was medically discharged after failing to pay attention during the
His first job as a ‘civvy’ was as a Regional
Officer with the Sports Council, after which he entered Local
Government in Scotland. He has systematically worked his way
south, joining Tamworth Council in August 1997. He was an
original member of David Weatherley’s CMT, and became Deputy Chief
Executive three-and-a-half years ago.
You have recently agreed a single,
shared vision for Tamworth with our main partners but what is your
vision for the authority?
It’s very simple really: To make Tamworth
Borough Council an organisation of which our public, partners,
politicians and our staff can feel justifiably proud.
How will your ‘unusual’ career history
help you in this role?
When you spend a couple of minutes comparing
my role in the military to that of a chief officer in Local
Government, there are huge similarities:
Leadership; good communications; managing
resources; empowering people to make decisions; deploying a diverse
range of resources; problem solving and of course, team building
and trust. In both cases, I worked up through the ranks.
When asked by Prince Charles at the Mercian
Formation ceremony “What is the difference between being an officer
in the Marines and an officer of the Council?”, I replied: “I knew
who the enemy was in the Marines”.
What are you hoping to achieve in your
first 12 months?
First and foremost a sense of stability.
We have been bombarded by change and challenge continuously over
the last five years and, while we all know that there is more to
come, I believe that CMT - supported by everyone else - has
created a good foundation for the future.
Secondly, a sense of belonging. To an
organisation that cares about what it does, how it does it and for
the people it does it for. One Tamworth – Perfectly Placed
can apply equally to One Organisation – Perfectly Placed to develop
and build upon all the excellent work already achieved. I
want silo working confined to farms.
Thirdly, a sense of pride. For years
now, teams and individuals at TBC have set or created new standards
for Staffordshire……. only now, we are going to shout about
it. We have a great working relationship with our politicians
and partners and we are leading the way in many areas of work…. I
want people to know it, and I want our staff to be recognised for
the excellent work that they do.
What do you see as the main challenges
facing the Council?
There are several challenges facing us but the
good news is that we know roughly what they are and when they may
Our message regarding finances has been clear
and consistent – we are fine for four years but until we know what
the government’s plans are beyond that, then there remains some
‘Rebooting’ the local economy, raising
aspirations and education attainment; making Tamworth a healthier
and safer place to live life to the full …. hang on, aren’t these
Properly understanding ‘Big Society’ and
localism will be very important as I suspect, local authorities
will be judged or measured upon how successfully we engage with
To contact the Chief Executive:
Telephone: 01827 709709, Email: email@example.com
To write to the Chief Executive,
Tamworth Borough Council, Marmion
House, Tamworth, Staffs, B79 7BZ