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Transformation and Partnerships

The aim of Transformation and Partnerships is to provide strategic leadership and corporate guidance to the council in its delivery of services, ensuring efficiency and effectiveness and a 'one organisation' approach.

Transformation and Partnerships covers:

  • Strategy (policy, planning, performance management, research, equalities and scrutiny)
  • Communications and information management (press office, corporate websites and social media, public relations, information management, civil contingencies and executive support)
  • Partnerships and Community Engagement (engagement and training, County Durham Partnership, Area Action Partnerships)
  • Transformation (‘inspire’ transformation programme, new ways of working, office accommodation programme including our new HQ).

Transformation and Partnerships helps provide us with:

  • a clear mandate to challenge practice and promote continuous improvement across the council
  • a function which has capacity to support service improvement, innovation and partnership development
  • strong links between functions to take an overview of cross cutting issues
  • the ability to co-ordinate a strategic approach across all services and provide advice and support.

Transformation and Partnerships leads on:

  • our corporate transformation programme
  • specific cross-service projects and programmes
  • training and guidance to the council on project and programme management
  • corporate programme/project management methodology
  • our corporate projects register.

The Director of Transformation and Partnerships is Lorraine O'Donnell.

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