New Managing Director of Norse Group announced as Mike Britch retires

Mike Britch, Managing Director of NPS and Group Managing Director of the highly successful Norse Group of companies, which are wholly owned by Norfolk County Council, has announced his retirement after more than 25 years’ service.

Dean Wetteland, currently Managing Director of Norse Commercial Services (NCS) – the largest company in the Norse Group has been appointed as the new MD of the Norse Group. Over the next six months, Mike will work on a part-time basis to help ensure a smooth transition to new arrangements, Mr Britch said:

The past 25 years have been hugely fulfilling and exciting from when I first joined Norfolk County Council as Managing Director of NPS Property Consultants Ltd, to becoming MD of the Norse Group in 2006 right through to the present day. The Norse Group has always prided itself on delivering good services, creating jobs and returning profit to help build strong public services both in Norfolk and beyond. I am proud that NPS and the Norse Group have grown in success and achieved a great deal of recognition for the county council and Norfolk in terms of being at the forefront of innovative public service delivery and effective public partnerships.

I am very confident the company has an even more promising future, but after 25 years, I think it’s time to let someone else take the helm. I am sure Dean can build on the success of the Group. Over the next 6 months I will be very happy to play my part helping to make the transition a smooth one for all concerned.

Chairman of the Norse Group Board, Tom McCabe, paid tribute to Mike Britch’s strategic leadership of the Group and the contribution he has made to its success over many years. He said:

The Norse model is an extremely successful and winning formula which is why the companies have grown so successfully from their roots in Norfolk to the point where we have joint venture companies with local authorities up and down the country and an impressive order book.

I would like to thank Mike for the great contribution he has made to the success of NPS and the Norse Group over many years. Twenty five years of public service in Norfolk and beyond is a major achievement. He has really earned his retirement and I wish him very well for the future. Mike leaves the Group in a very strong position and with a very bright future.

This decision makes this a timely moment to review our support services. As they have grown over time, NPS and NCS have developed different systems and ways of working in some instances. Bringing together teams and systems will both improve value for money and company profitability.

As a board member Dean Wetteland already knows both companies well and I am very confident he will successfully lead the Group to future success. Mike’s continued assistance, over the next six months, will help make the transition as smooth as possible.

Notes for Editors

Mike Britch joined Norfolk County Council as Managing Director of NPS Consultants in 1993 aged 35 and additionally became Managing Director of the Norse Group in 2006. Since then, Mike has provided strategic leadership to the Norse Group with a key responsibility to develop new business opportunities.

The multi award winning Norse Group, which is wholly owned by Norfolk County Council provides wide ranging property, facilities management and care services employing over 10,000 staff in 41 offices and numerous other establishments in the UK. The Group’s annual turnover is currently circa £300m.