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 2018, Oxford City Council divested itself of ODS to create a wholly-owned social enterprise with over 700 staff transferred to the new organisation. ODS delivers a wide range of services to over 150,000 residents, businesses and organisations in the Oxford area including facilities management, waste and recycling, highways and engineering, street cleaning, construction, and 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.
With over 20 years’ experience in engineering, finance, IT, change management, and consultancy, Aled Bath has worked at senior and board level roles for a mixture of government, public sector and commercial organisations. He was executive director for finance and IT at City West Homes, an arms-length management organisation wholly-owned by Westminster Council which provides services for 12,000 social housing tenants in the borough and 9000 leaseholders. Prior to this he was group finance director at The Guinness Partnership, one of England’s largest providers of affordable housing with 65,000 homes across 165 local authority areas.
Aled Bath said: “With a fantastic group of people, assets and capabilities, ODS has successfully been winning work over and above delivering on its core council obligations. We believe there are lots of opportunities to do more for other public sector organisations and businesses in the area especially as Oxford is going through a period of regeneration and growth. I’m coming on board to help accelerate and extend ODS’ business at what is a hugely exciting time for the city.”