LiveAr­gyll on track for launch

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

ON track to go live in early Oc­to­ber, a new trust that will de­liver leisure and li­brary ser­vices for peo­ple across Ar­gyll and Bute has been named.

LiveAr­gyll will be led by a board whose mem­bers bring both pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tor ex­pe­ri­ence to ben­e­fit the new or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil took the de­ci­sion to de­velop a trust as part of its work to pro­tect ser­vices, as trusts of­fer many fi­nan­cial and com­mer­cial ben­e­fits that can help to sus­tain the fu­ture of these ser­vices in the face of grow­ing pres­sure on pub­lic spend­ing.

Trade Union

LiveAr­gyll’s board will be made up of three mem­bers of the pub­lic, three coun­cil­lors and a trade union rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

An­drew Nis­bet, chair­man of the board, has spent his work­ing life in the de­sign, man­age­ment and de­liv­ery of pub­lic ser­vices, both as a se­nior man­ager for pub­lic sec­tor or­gan­i­sa­tions and as a pri­vate sec­tor con­sul­tant work­ing for and ad­vis­ing lo­cal au­thor­i­ties.

He is joined by Mairi Cole­man and Charles Brody. Orig­i­nally from Lochgilp­head, Mairi is a head of hu­man re­sources in the bank­ing in­dus­try, while Charles is a re­tired se­nior banker now liv­ing in Scot­land, hav­ing spent most of his work­ing life in Saudi Ara­bia, Bahrain and Qatar.

Coun­cil­lors Jim An­der­son, Gra­ham Hardie and Jim Lynch will rep­re­sent Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil, and Mary Watt will pro­vide the trade union con­tri­bu­tion.

De­velop

The coun­cil’s pol­icy lead for com­mu­ni­ties Coun­cil­lor Robin Cur­rie said: ‘Work to de­velop LiveAr­gyll is pro­gress­ing very well. We have a board that brings to­gether ex­per­tise, en­thu­si­asm and en­ergy to make this work for trust em­ploy­ees and for ev­ery­one who will use these ser­vices.

‘The aim of the trust will be to de­liver ser­vices that im­prove peo­ple’s lives, and to do this as a team, by draw­ing on the views and ex­per­tise of em­ploy­ees and with a firm fo­cus on the needs of cus­tomers.

‘The trust’s name re­flects this. We wanted some­thing of course that ex­plains what the leisure trust is about, and is mem­o­rable.

‘The idea for LiveAr­gyll came from em­ploy­ees and is about un­der­lin­ing that these ser­vices will be here to help young and old live healthy, happy lives.’

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