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									PRESS RELEASE 15.08.07

Unity Partnership appoints new Managing Director
Unity Partnership, a joint venture between Mouchel Parkman and Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, has appointed Lee Robinson as Managing Director. Lee’s brief is to lead the partnership to achieve its purpose of helping to transform the council’s services, boost Oldham’s local economy, kick-start widespread regeneration plans and contribute to community cohesion in the borough.

He also heads the management team which is currently providing property, highways and engineering, customer contact, exchequer and ICT services to the council and which will grow the partnership significantly over the next few years.

Lee joins Unity from United Utilities Group, whose principal activities are managing and operating the regulated electricity distribution, water and wastewater networks in North West England. As Head of Strategy and Performance he led a team responsible for developing and delivering an organisation-wide performance improvement programme.

Before taking on his role as head of strategy and performance, Lee was Head of Laboratories and Transport for three years during which he radically transformed the two businesses from significantly under performing units in terms of quality, business and financial performance to sector leaders.

Commenting on his appointment, Lee said: "I am delighted to be joining the Unity Partnership at this very exciting, early stage in its development. We have the opportunity to make a real difference in Oldham and build an increasingly successful business. I am looking forward to working with Unity, OMBC and stakeholders to ensure that Unity makes its mark and exceeds expectations."

James Measures, Chairman of Unity Partnership and Managing Director of Mouchel Parkman's Government Services, said: "Lee is joining us at a truly formative stage in Unity's development. He brings a wealth of experience in helping organisations

achieve their potential and I am confident that he will be a driving force behind Unity's continuous success in Oldham and the North West region."

Andrew Kilburn, Chief Executive of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council said, "Lee joins us at an exciting time with the Council poised to take its improvement programme to new levels. We are really looking forward to working with him." Lee will assume his new role on 29 August from Bob Hogg, Unity’s Interim Managing Director, nearly four months after the strategic services delivery partnership was launched. Ends

Notes to editors:

About Unity Partnership: www.unitypartnership.com The Unity Partnership is an innovative new joint venture partnership between Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and Mouchel Parkman, with Agilisys as subcontractor. The company has a 12-year contract to deliver Customer and Exchequer, ICT, Highways and Engineering and Property services to the Council. Unity Partnership shares and supports the council’s Community Strategy and is committed to helping to make Oldham a place where everyone is proud to belong.

About Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council: www.oldham.gov.uk The Oldham Council provides a wide range of services for residents, businesses and other stakeholders and with over 10,000 staff is one Greater Manchester's largest employers. The Borough we serve is geographically, economically and culturally diverse and our policies reflect this. Our Mission is "To improve everyone's lives, by providing quality local services and effective community leadership in a regenerated Borough". The creation of our joint venture partnership will make a significant contribution to our strategy for delivering excellence and value for money for local people. This ties in with our ambitious plans for the physical regeneration of the Borough which can found on our website www.oldhamcouncil.gov.uk/oldham-beyond

About Mouchel Parkman: www.mouchelparkman.com Mouchel Parkman is a professional support services group, which helps clients in the public sector and regulated industry to provide better everyday services to customers

and communities. Its combination of professional, commercial and technical expertise enables them to improve their strategy, services, people and asset management. Operations include highways, rail, property, housing, education, gas, water and management consultancy in a wide range of disciplines. Mouchel Parkman employs around 11,000 employees, more than 100 offices in the UK, and a turnover of more than £405m.

On 6 August Mouchel Parkman acquired HBS, one of the leading providers of support services to local government. Mouchel Parkman has now added wider range of managed services to its portfolio including the delivery of ICT services, revenue and housing benefit administration, education support services, customer contact services, property services, HR, payroll and pension administration services and full finance and accounting services.

For more information contact Corporate Communications, Oldham Council on 0161 770 4707 or email presspr@oldham.gov.uk

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