The Xact Group is a national Human Resource, Personnel and Health and Safety Consultancy specifically set up to help businesses and organisations manage their human resource and health and safety functions more effectively.
At a time when public sector organisations are seeking to reduce costs and improve efficiency, a close collaboration and partnership with an organisation such as Xact would enable organisations to reach their agreed objectives.
" I am delighted to be joining Xact at this crucial time in their development”, says Keith. “The Group intends to expand and develop further their product and service offer into the public sector and I am really pleased to be able to spearhead that development on their behalf.
Maurice Hammond, MD of the Xact Group, comments that “we are delighted to have been able to recruit such a well known former Chief Officer from the public sector as Keith to lead this development on our behalf. These are exciting times for Xact and we are confident that we will be forming effective partnerships throughout the public sector in the ares of HR, Personnel Services and Health and Safety over the coming months".
Keith Stevens will still be running ACT Ltd as before
and the new relationship with Xact does not preclude any developments
1st February 2008
After leaving Breckland at the end of 2007, Keith Stevens, Director of ACT Ltd., is pleased to announce that he will be joining Nottinghamshire County Council as the interim Director of Cultural Services from the 13th February 2008. The post sits within the Communities Department and reports to Mick Burrows, the Strategic Director (Communities). Nick comments that “our cultural services are one of our greatest assets in that they add real value through the delivery of a wide range of services and initiatives, which enrich the lives of many people across Nottinghamshire”.
The Communities Department is designed to meet the Government’s agenda for local services and provides the focus for the County Council on the people and places of Nottinghamshire. Services in the Department impact on the everyday lives of people throughout the County and include: libraries, highways, trading standards, passenger transport, waste management, planning, sport, road safety and country parks.
Keith says the new role is a major challenge as the Department employs over 7000 people working in 300 locations. The budget is over £200 million per annum.
Keith’s particular responsibility is that of interim Director
of Cultural Services and is likely to last for at least six months.
The Division he will lead builds on a well established core of libraries
and information services, sports and arts, together with countryside
services, including country parks, conservation and green space management
to create an integrated approach to cultural services.
Keith states that he “can’t wait to get started with such a progressive authority such as Nottinghamshire CC and to contribute to the very far-sighted vision for the development of services”. Keith will be working closely with the Director and the three Heads of Service within the Division who will report to him.
This position was sourced through Tribal Resourcing and Keith is
very grateful to Mike Taylor for his encouragement and support.
31st December 2007
After spending nearly three years with the Council, Keith Stevens is finally leaving Breckland Council. Keith has been working on a number of projects over the last 33 months, as an interim manager, including the highly successful leisure PFI, which led to a brand new leisure centre in Dereham, and greatly improved facilities in Thetford.
After this, Keith worked on a number of leisure, cultural and community projects, including the development of the Cultural Strategy.
More recently, Keith has been working on the Strategic Alliance, between Breckland Council and Capita. This focused on trying to realise the Breckland's vision of becoming an "entrepreneurial Council". This involved the setting up of trading platforms for the Council to deliver services in innovative ways. Most recently, Keith was the interim Strategic Director (Business Transformation) and was responsible for the transformation of many Council services, involving business process re-engineering. The next service area to be transformed is to be Environmental Health and Keith was involved with the final scoping of that work which Capita will carry out.
Keith has really enjoyed working in Breckland - "it is a really innovative Council and is to be congratulated on all it has achieved. For such a small District Council, Breckland has worked wonders:
" Obviously, after all this time, I have mixed feelings about leaving Breckland but it is time to move on to pastures new and the next challenges" comments Keith Stevens, the Managing Director of ACT Ltd.
27th December 2007
ACT has been working closely with a Norfolk-based charity to effect the transfer of former staff of the Norfolk Connexions Service to The Exchange, based in Wymondham. The Exchange is heavily involved in helping Norfolk's businesses obtain sufficient suitably equipped and qualified young entrants over the forthcoming years. This is being achieved by encouraging the County's education sector to develop a deep understanding of the needs of local industry. This includes managing the Work Experience programme for over 9,000 young people.
Obviously, the staff were concerned about their future and Keith Stevens worked closely with them to ensure that the transfer was effected smoothly and quickly. The staff were delighted that they were able to remain within the Local Government Pension Scheme - LGPS - which had been a key aim from the outset. The transfer took effect on the 1st December 2007.
Keith was pleased to have been able to assist in this very sensitive and complex project. Not only was the project completed on time, it was also achieved at 50% of the originally agreed fee - which obviously pleased the Client!!
"ACT will always charge for actual days worked and if this is less than the agreed fee at the outset, the full benefit is passed on to the Client. Should the amount of time required for the project be exceeded, then this is a problem for ACT and not the Client" says Keith Stevens, Managing Director of ACT Ltd. Keith added that "in the long run, ACT believes that this brings in substantially more Clients rather than having a rigid fee structure".
29th April 2007
22nd March 2007 Keith Stevens joins the Board of Trustees of Leisure and Community Management Ltd.
ACT is pleased to announce that Keith Stevens, Managing Director of ACT Ltd, has been invited to join the Board of Trustees of the newly formed Leisure and Community Management Ltd (LCM). The business plan for the new company, which is currently being finalised, states that “LCM has been established to promote and encourage all aspects of leisure and recreation for the benefit of the community”.
The Company aims to explore the growing need for the management and development of leisure and recreation facilities. The leisure and recreation market has opened up to the private and voluntary sector, encouraged by the Governments PPP/PFI initiative as a vehicle for community participation, expansion, renewal and replacement. The Company has been established to work with the public and private sector in these new initiatives drawing on public and private sector experience in these fields.
The Company’s strategic propositions are anchored in the need to address the holistic issues of leisure and recreation for all in a market competing for resources .The Company do not see that they are competing for business in the leisure and recreation field; rather they aim to encourage and promote all initiatives in these fields.
The founding trustees of the Company, Dennis Bell, Alan Freeman and Keith Stevens, have extensive knowledge of strategic and operational management of public sector facilities and services. Whilst they have varied experience, encompassing commercial, voluntary and public sectors across many disciplines, they share a common professional background in community leisure provision and management. Each works currently in consultancy and interim management, mainly for public sector clients.
Keith Stevens states that “this is a marvellous opportunity to give something back to the leisure and recreation field and I am keen to work with my fellow trustees to ensure the continuance of local authority community provision at the highest level”.
ACT has moved! After many successful years of operating in Hertfordshire, ACT has moved to Norfolk. We are now operating from Westfield near Dereham and our new contact details are as follows:
Keith Stevens comments that “we have been very happy in Hertfordshire and ACT has grown considerably since we set up in the late 1990s. We are looking forward to being fully established in our new base and to continue to offer our clients the high standard of service that they have become accustomed to. The location may have changed but our services, values and approach have not. Our clients are always our first priority.” Christine Stevens says that “we look forward to working with new clients as well as continuing our relationship with existing clients.”
New Web Site:
Link to Nexus Consulting
| New Leisure Centres in Breckland
Worshipful Company of Management Consultants
Keith Stevens has just been elected to the Court of Assistants of the 105th Livery Company – the Management Consultants. Keith is absolutely delighted with the honour of being elected to the Court and commented “it is so gratifying to be involved with the traditions of the City of London which go back a thousand years and yet still be associated with a modern Company”.
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