20 July 2018 | Herpreet Kaur Grewal
Oxford Direct Services (ODS), the commercial arm of Oxford City Council, has announced the appointment of Aled Bath as finance director.
His responsibilities are wide-ranging and will involve all aspects of financial management, IT, procurement and building ODS's back-end functions to support the business as it develops.
In April, Oxford City Council divested itself of ODS to create a wholly owned social enterprise with more than 700 staff transferred to the new organisation.
ODS delivers a wide range of services to more than 150,000 residents, businesses and organisations in the Oxford area including facilities management, waste and recycling, highways and engineering, street cleaning, construction, property and grounds maintenance.
The new structure will allow ODS to expand its services to other customers with all profits generated being reinvested back into the community.
Bath was executive director for finance and IT at City West Homes, an arm's-length management organisation wholly owned by Westminster Council, which provides services for 12,000 social housing tenants in the borough and 9,000 leaseholders.