Senior Officers job descriptions

The London Borough of Bexley has four management groups which work together in a One Council approach.

Where every member of staff, contractor or partner organisation strives to meet customer expectations and takes responsibility for delivering what is required.

Chief Executive

The current Chief Executive is Jackie Belton who was appointed in April 2019.

Ms Belton is the senior officer who leads and takes responsibility for the work of the paid staff of the council, who provide services for the local authority on a day to day basis. The role of Chief Executive is a full-time appointment.

Introduction

Post holders are selected on merit, against objective criteria, following public advertisement and a rigorous selection process. They are appointed by the whole council.

By law, senior Council staff are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all elected members irrespective of their political affiliation.

As head of paid service, Ms Belton works closely with elected members to deliver the following:

  • leadership: to ensure strong and visible leadership and direction, encouraging and enabling managers to motivate and inspire their teams
  • strategic direction: ensuring all staff understand and adhere to the strategic aims of the organisation and follow the direction set by elected members
  • policy advice: acting as the principal policy adviser to elected members of the council to lead the development of workable strategies which will deliver the political objectives set
  • partnerships: leading and developing strong partnerships across the local community to achieve improved outcomes and better public services for local people
  • operational management: overseeing financial and performance management, risk management, people management and change management within the council

Job role

The Chief Executive's job description outlines Ms Belton's key responsibilities as follows:

  • to support the Leader, Cabinet and other Elected Members to formulate strategies, policies and plans that reflect the priorities and concerns of Bexley's residents, to take full advantage of the opportunities and resources available to improve the quality of life of residents
  • to provide and communicate effectively both internally and externally a clear direction and purpose for the Borough to ensure the Council's capacity and structure is 'fit for purpose' and able to efficiently meet the needs of the local community and strategic goals
  • to lead, develop and inspire an effective and coordinated senior management team and all staff to deliver the outcomes agreed by the Council through the timely and successful delivery of programmes and plans
  • to create an environment and culture that empowers and requires staff to work collaboratively and effective across the organisation and its partners, and seek continuous improvement in how they deliver services to residents that are innovative, customer-focused and effective in delivering the Council's agreed outcomes
  • to hold the senior management team and all staff, collectively and individually accountable for high standards of performance within agreed frameworks and policies
  • to ensure that effective organisational and management arrangements are in place to monitor and review progress on key priorities and deliver strategic and service objectives and outcomes in a timely manner within the resources available
  • to work collaboratively, engaging and building strong relationships with partner agencies and stakeholders at local, regional and national levels to deliver improvements and opportunities for Bexley residents and businesses
  • to ensure that the statutory duties of the Council are met in accordance with legislation, guidance and regulatory requirements
  • to ensure the Council operates in an open, accountable and democratic manner
  • to ensure that the Council serves all of its residents and provides equality of opportunity in relation to employment, service delivery and opportunity

Working arrangements

Ms Belton is expected to work such hours as are necessary for the effective performance of her duties. This routinely involves working in the evenings in addition to the standard Monday to Friday business week as and when required. Occasional weekend working is required. The requirement to work beyond the standard Monday to Friday business week is reflected in the salary and no additional payments are made for work in excess of these hours.

Ms Belton is entitled to 32 days paid leave each year.

Remuneration

Ms Belton is paid an annual salary scale that starts on £179,646 and ends at £206,241 with the potential to earn a non-consolidated one-off bonus payment of 5% (based on salary point four of the salary scale). Performance-related pay awards for a Chief Executive are determined by a formal Member Panel.

Ms Belton's current salary is £179,646 per annum. Progression along the salary scale is subject to annual appraisal. Incremental progression is only approved where satisfactory progress is evidenced.

Benefits

In addition to the salary, the Chief Executive post attracts a Choices allowance of £7,872 which may be taken as either a lump sum or as a contribution towards a lease car and an out of pocket and Hospitality allowance of £2,000 which is paid for costs incurred in connection with the Chief Executive's role.

Pension

The Local Government Pension Scheme is a contributory scheme; this means that the employee contributes to the scheme from his or her own salary. Employees contribute 5.5% - 12.5% of their salaries. Employers' contributions to the LGPS vary depending upon how much is needed to ensure benefits under the Scheme are properly funded and are set independently. The Council currently makes an employer's contribution of 20.6% into the scheme. The rules governing the pension scheme are contained in regulations made by Parliament.

Ms Belton pays 12.5% of her salary into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Director of Finance and Corporate Services

The current Director of Finance and Corporate Services is Paul Thorogood, who was appointed from 2 January 2019.

The role of Director of Finance and Corporate Services is a full-time appointment.

Introduction

Post holders are selected on merit, against objective criteria, following public advertisement.

Mr Thorogood is part of the Senior Management team that is responsible for the activities of Council staff and for advising Councillors on the potential implications of political decisions.

By law, senior Council staff are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all Councillors irrespective of their political affiliation.

Job role

The Director of Finance and Corporate Services is the council's Section 151 Officer. The job description outlines Mr Thorogood’s key responsibilities as follows:

  • preparation of medium-term financial plan and capital programme
  • production of annual revenue budget and statement of accounts
  • collecting Council Tax and Business Rates
  • undertaking the internal audit of the Council's operations
  • management of the Council's pension fund and treasury management function
  • finance service provided through OneSource (shared service) including revenue and benefits services
  • procurement and supplier management

In addition, the role is also responsible for:

  • Corporate Support including Business Support, the council's contact centre, HR Service includes Schools HR and Governors Services, Complaints, Health & Safety
  • Transformation and Change
  • Strategy, Performance and Insight

Working arrangements

Mr Thorogood is expected to work such hours as are necessary for the effective performance of his duties. This routinely involves three evenings a week in addition to the standard Monday to Friday business week. Occasional weekend working is required. Mr Thorogood is 'on call' at all other times, particularly to cover emergency planning requirements. Requirement to work beyond the standard Monday to Friday business week is reflected in the salary and no additional payments are made for work in excess of these hours.

Mr Thorogood is entitled to 32 days paid leave each year.

Remuneration

Mr Thorogood’s annual salary scale starts at £145,290 and ends at £170,925 with potential to earn a non-consolidated one-off bonus payment of 5% (based on salary point four of the salary scale). Performance-related pay awards for Management Board are determined by a formal Member Panel.

Mr Thorogood’s current salary is £145,290 per annum. Progression along the salary scale is subject to annual appraisal. Progression along the salary scale has been assessed through annual appraisal demonstrated by achievement of objectives.

Benefits

In addition to his salary, Mr Thorogood receives a choice's allowance of £5,820, which may be taken as either a lump sum or as a contribution towards a lease car.

Pension

The Local Government Pension Scheme is a contributory scheme; this means that the employee contributes to the scheme from his or her own salary. Employees contribute 5.5% to 12.5% of their salaries. Employers' contributions to the LGPS vary depending upon how much is needed to ensure benefits under the Scheme are properly funded and are set independently. The Council currently makes an employer's contribution of 20.6% into the scheme. The rules governing the pension scheme are contained in regulations made by Parliament.

Mr Thorogood pays 11.4% of his salary into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Expenses

Mr Thorogood is able to reclaim a restricted range of legitimate and evidenced business expenses, including business travel. In all cases, receipts are required before appropriate payment is made.

Deputy Director Finance and Property

The current Deputy Director of Finance and Property (Deputy S151), Is Nickie Morris, who was appointed to this role on 1 October 2020.

The role of Deputy Director of Finance and Property (Deputy S151) is a full-time appointment.

Introduction

Post holders are selected on merit, against objective criteria, following public advertisement.

Mrs Morris is part of the Senior Management Team that is responsible for the activities of Council staff and for advising councillors on the potential implications of political decisions.

By law, senior Council staff are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all Councillors irrespective of their political affiliation.

Job Role

The Deputy Director of Finance and Property (Deputy S151) job description outlines Mrs Morris's key responsibilities as follows:

  • Business Partnering
  • Corporate Finance
  • Finance Systems
  • Exchequer Services
  • Revenue Benefits
  • Procurement
  • Property & Assets
  • Facilities Management

Working arrangements

Mrs Morris is expected to work such hours as are necessary for the effective performance of her duties. This routinely involves working in the evenings in addition to the standard Monday to Friday business week as and when required. Occasional weekend working is required. Mrs Morris is 'on call' at all other times, particularly to cover emergency planning requirements. The requirement to work beyond the standard Monday to Friday business week is reflected in the salary and no additional payments are made for work in excess of these hours.

Mrs Morris is entitled to 32 days paid leave each year.

Remuneration

Mrs Morris is paid an annual salary scale that starts on £82,221 and ends at £96,726 with the potential to earn a non-consolidated one-off bonus payment of 5% (based on salary point four of the salary scale). Performance-related pay awards for deputy directors are determined by their director.

Mrs Morris current salary is £87,054 per annum (2nd point of salary scale). Progression along the salary scale is subject to annual appraisal. Incremental progression is only approved where satisfactory progress is evidenced.

Benefits

In addition to the salary, the Deputy Director of Finance and Property (Deputy S151) post attracts a Choices allowance of £5,006, which may be taken as either a lump sum or as a contribution towards a lease car.

Pension

The Local Government Pension Scheme is a contributory scheme; this means that the employee contributes to the scheme from his or her own salary. Employees contribute 5.5% - 12.5% of their salaries. Employers' contributions to the L GPS vary depending upon how much is needed to ensure benefits under the Scheme are properly funded and are set independently. The Council currently makes an employer's contribution of 20.6% into the scheme. The rules governing the pension scheme are contained in regulations made by Parliament.

Mrs Morris pays 9.9% of her salary into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Expenses

Mrs Morris is entitled to be reimbursed for a restricted range of legitimately incurred and evidenced business expenses such as business travel. In all cases, receipts are required before appropriate payment is made.

Deputy Director of Corporate Services

The current Deputy Director of Corporate Services is Nick Hollier, who has held a Deputy Director position since his appointment in March 2006.

The role of Deputy Director of Corporate Services is a full-time appointment.

Introduction

Post holders are selected on merit, against objective criteria, following public advertisement.

Mr Hollier is part of the Senior Management team that is responsible for the activities of Council staff and for advising councillors on the potential implications of political decisions.

By law, senior Council staff are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all Councillors irrespective of their political affiliation.

Job Role

The Deputy Director of Corporate Services job description outlines Mr Hollier's key responsibilities as follows:

  • HR strategy and policy development including remuneration
  • HR operational support to Directorates including payroll
  • HR services to schools and school governors
  • Pension administration
  • Occupational Health
  • Admin support to Corporate Leadership Team
  • Corporate Health and Safety
  • ICT strategy and policy development
  • Management of ICT contracts
  • Corporate information strategy
  • Directorate ICT client-side support services
  • ICT business transformation

Working arrangements

Mr Hollier is expected to work such hours as are necessary for the effective performance of his duties. This routinely involves working in the evenings in addition to the standard Monday to Friday business week as and when required. Occasional weekend working is required. Mr Hollier is 'on call' at all other times, particularly to cover emergency planning requirements. The requirement to work beyond the standard Monday to Friday business week is reflected in the salary and no additional payments are made for work in excess of these hours.

Mr Hollier is entitled to 32 days paid leave each year.

Remuneration

Mr Hollier's annual salary scale starts at £82,221 and ends at £96,726 with the potential to earn a non-consolidated one-off bonus payment of 5% (based on salary point four of the salary scale). Performance-related pay awards for deputy directors are determined by the Director.

Mr Hollier's current salary is £96,726 (4th point of salary scale). Progression along the salary scale is subject to annual appraisal. Incremental progression is only approved where satisfactory progress is evidenced.

Benefits

In addition to the salary, the Deputy Director of Corporate Services post attracts a Choices allowance of £5,006, which may be taken as either a lump sum or as a contribution towards a lease car.

Pension

The Local Government Pension Scheme is a contributory scheme; this means that the employee contributes to the scheme from his or her own salary. Employees contribute 5.5% - 12.5% of their salaries. Employers' contributions to the LGPS vary depending upon how much
is needed to ensure benefits under the Scheme are properly funded and are set independently. The Council currently makes an employer's contribution of 20.6% into the scheme. The rules governing the pension scheme are contained in regulations made by Parliament.

Mr Hollier pays 10.5% of his salary into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Expenses

Mr Hollier is entitled to be reimbursed for a restricted range of legitimately incurred and evidenced business expenses such as business travel. In all cases, receipts are required before appropriate payment is made.

Deputy Director Legal & Democratic Service (Monitoring Officer)

The current Deputy Director of Legal and Democratic Services (Monitoring Officer) is Akin Alabi, who was appointed to this role on 1 September 2020.

The role of Deputy Director of Legal and Democratic Services (Monitoring Officer) is a full-time appointment.

Introduction

Post holders are selected on merit, against objective criteria, following public advertisement.

Mr Alabi is part of the Senior Management team that is responsible for the activities of Council staff and for advising councillors on the potential implications of political decisions.

By law, senior Council staff are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all Councillors irrespective of their political affiliation.

Job Role

The Deputy Director of Legal and Democratic Services job description outlines Mr Alabi's key responsibilities as follows:

  • legal services
  • committee services and scrutiny
  • electoral services
  • mayoral & member support
  • information governance
  • Monitoring Officer (see below)
  • to undertake the statutory role of the Council’s Monitoring Officer and to lead on all constitutional issues and issues of corporate governance
  • provide both legal, governance and constitutional advice to the Mayor, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members alongside the Chief Executive and Corporate Leadership Team

Working arrangements

Mr Alabi is expected to work such hours as are necessary for the effective performance of his duties. This routinely involves working in the evenings in addition to the standard Monday to Friday business week as and when required. Occasional weekend working is required. Mr Alabi is 'on call' at all other times, particularly to cover emergency planning requirements. The requirement to work beyond the standard Monday to Friday business week is reflected in the salary and no additional payments are made for work in excess of these hours.

Mr Alabi is entitled to 32 days paid leave each year.

Remuneration

Mr Alabi's annual salary scale starts at £82,221 and ends at £96,726 with the potential to earn a non-consolidated one-off bonus payment of 5% (based on salary point four of the salary scale). Performance-related pay awards for deputy directors are determined by the Director.

Mr Alabi's current salary is £96,726 (2nd point of salary scale). Progression along the salary scale is subject to annual appraisal. Incremental progression is only approved where satisfactory progress is evidenced.

Benefits

In addition to the salary, the Deputy Director of Legal and Democratic Services post attracts a Choices allowance of £5,006, which may be taken as either a lump sum or as a contribution towards a lease car.

Pension

The Local Government Pension Scheme is a contributory scheme; this means that the employee contributes to the scheme from his or her own salary. Employees contribute 5.5% - 12.5% of their salaries. Employers' contributions to the LGPS vary depending upon how much is needed to ensure benefits under the Scheme are properly funded and are set independently.

The Council currently makes an employer's contribution of 20.6% into the scheme. The rules governing the pension scheme are contained in regulations made by Parliament.

Mr Alabi pays 10.5% of his salary into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Expenses

Mr Alabi is entitled to be reimbursed for a restricted range of legitimately incurred and evidenced business expenses such as business travel. In all cases, receipts are required before appropriate payment is made.

Director of Adult Social Care & Health/CCG Borough Based Director (Statutory Director)

The Director of Adult Social Care and Health is Stuart Rowbotham who was appointed to this role on 16 January 2017.

Introduction

Post holders are selected on merit, against objective criteria, following public advertisement.

Mr Rowbotham is part of the Senior Management Team that is responsible for the activities of Council staff and for advising councillors on the potential implications of political decisions.

By law, senior Council staff are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all Councillors irrespective of their political affiliation.

Job Role

Mr Rowbotham's key responsibilities as the Director of Social Care and Health are as follows:

  • to undertake the role of Statutory Director of Adult Social Services assuring compliance with statutory functions associated with adult social care
  • lead in shaping the strategy for delivery of social care and health for adults and wider population health issues
  • to develop strategies and plans in consultation with partners to respond to key issues relevant to social care and health that are customer focused, efficient and represent excellent value for money
  • be the lead officer for the Council on all health interface issues, such as joint funding, integrated services and partnership arrangements, such as the Health and Wellbeing Board
  • to be responsible for personalised and/or integrated services to all client groups, including the safeguarding of vulnerable adults
  • to ensure effective commissioning of services through market development, service design and procurement processes and by developing constructive provider relationships
  • to develop positive, effective and productive working relationships with Council Departments, the Clinical Commissioning Group and other NHS partners, Community and Independent Sector organisations, users and carers which maximise involvement in the provision of local services
  • to oversee the new model of working in relation to the integrated care partnership
  • the Director of Public Health reports to the postholder who has overall responsibility for delivering the Council's responsibilities in improving health outcomes for people in the borough

Working arrangements

Mr Rowbotham is expected to work such hours as are necessary for the effective performance of his duties. This routinely involves working in the evenings and weekends, in addition to the standard Monday to Friday business week as and when required. Mr Rowbotham is 'on call' at all other times, particularly to cover emergency planning requirements. The requirement to work beyond the standard Monday to Friday business week is reflected in the salary and no additional payments are made for work in excess of these hours.

The post holder is entitled to 32 days paid leave each year.

Remuneration

The annual salary scale for this post starts on £145,290 and ends at £170,925 with the potential to earn a non-consolidated one-off bonus payment of 5% (based on salary point four of the salary scale). Mr Rowbotham is paid an annual salary of £145,290 per annum (1st point of the grade).

Performance-related pay awards for Management Board are determined by a formal Member Panel.

Benefits

In addition to salary, the Director of Adults Social Care and Health post attracts a Choices allowance of £5,820 which may be taken as either a lump sum or as a contribution towards a lease car.

Pension

The Local Government Pension Scheme is a contributory scheme; this means that the employee contributes to the scheme from his or her own salary. Employees contribute 5.5% - 12.5% of their salaries. Employers' contributions to the LGPS vary depending upon how much is needed to ensure benefits under the Scheme are properly funded and are set independently. The Council currently makes an employer's contribution of 20.6% into the scheme. The rules governing the pension scheme are contained in regulations made by Parliament.

Expenses

Mr Rowbotham is able to reclaim a restricted range of legitimately incurred and evidenced business expenses such as business travel. In all cases, receipts are required before appropriate payment is made.

Deputy Director of Adult Social Care

The current Acting Deputy Director of Adult Social Care is Yolanda Dennehy, who was appointed to this role on 7 September 2020.

The role of Deputy Director of Adult Social Care is a full-time appointment.

Introduction

Ms Dennehy is part of the Senior Management Team that is responsible for the activities of Council staff and for advising councillors on the potential implications of political decisions. By law, senior council staff are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all Councillors irrespective of their political affiliation.

Job role

The Deputy Director of Adult Social Care job description outlines Ms Dennehy’s key responsibilities as follows:

  • to be responsible for the development and implementation of strategies and plans for a broad range of services in accordance with the Council’s priorities and objectives
  • to ensure that services are delivered that are customer-focused, efficient and represent excellent value for money
  • to work collaboratively with colleagues within the council, partner organisations and other organisations to ensure the delivery of excellent integrated services to residents
  • to lead, manage and motivate staff in the department through excellent communication, professional guidance, support and development in accordance with the Council’s policies and procedures
  • to seek continuous improvement and innovation in services so as to better meet the needs of residents within the resources available

Working arrangements

Ms Dennehy is expected to work such hours as are necessary for the effective performance of his duties. This routinely involves working in the evenings in addition to the standard Monday to Friday business week as and when required. Occasional weekend working is required. Ms Dennehy is 'on call' at all other times, particularly to cover emergency planning requirements. The requirement to work beyond the standard Monday to Friday business week is reflected in the salary and no additional payments are made for work in excess of these hours.

Ms Dennehy is entitled to 32 days paid leave each year.

Remuneration

Ms Dennehy is paid on an annual salary scale that starts at £99,570 and ends at £117,138 with the potential to earn a non-consolidated one-off bonus payment of 5% (based on salary point four of the salary scale). Performance-related pay awards for deputy directors are determined by their director.

Ms Dennehy’s current salary is £105,426 per annum (2nd point of the scale). Progression along the salary scale is subject to annual appraisal. Incremental progression is only approved where satisfactory progress is evidenced.

Benefits

In addition to the salary, the Deputy Director of Adult Social Care post attracts a Choices allowance of £5,006, which may be taken as either a lump sum or as a contribution towards a lease car.

Pension

The Local Government Pension Scheme is a contributory scheme; this means that the employee contributes to the scheme from his or her own salary. Employees contribute 5.5% to 12.5% of their salaries. Employers' contributions to the LGPS vary depending upon how much is needed to ensure benefits under the Scheme are properly funded and are set independently. The Council currently makes an employer's contribution of 20.6% into the scheme. The rules governing the pension scheme are contained in regulations made by Parliament.

Ms Dennehy pays 10.5% of his salary into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Expenses

Ms Dennehy is entitled to be reimbursed for a restricted range of legitimately incurred and evidenced business expenses such as business travel. In all cases, receipts are required before appropriate payment is made.

Director of Public Health and Deputy Director for Health and Wellbeing

The Director of Public Health and Deputy Director for Health and Wellbeing is Dr Anjan Ghosh who was appointed to this role on 4 September 2017.

Introduction

Post holders are selected on merit, against objective criteria, following public advertisement. Dr Ghosh is part of the Corporate Leadership Team that is responsible for the activities of Council staff and for advising councillors on the potential implications of political decisions.

By law, senior Council staff, are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all Councillors irrespective of their political affiliation.

Job Role

Dr Ghosh’s key responsibilities as the Director of Public Health and Deputy Director for Health and Wellbeing are as follows:

To improve the health and wellbeing of communities through:

  • their statutory responsibilities and powers with respect to health
  • protection and health scrutiny
  • the level, distribution and quality of services the Council directly
  • commissions or provides
  • strategic leadership - promoting and supporting partnership working by
  • public and private sector agencies on key priorities such as community
  • safety, alcohol and drugs prevention and treatment
  • community leadership - enabling Members to engage effectively with their communities with respect to health and intelligently holds the NHS and the local authority to account
  • advocacy and influence - national and local policy development

The Director of Public Health has responsibility for:

  • all of the Council’s duties to improve public health
  • any of the Secretary of State’s public health protection or health improvement functions delegated to local authorities, either by arrangement or under regulations – these include services mandated by regulations made under section 6C of the 2006 Act, inserted by section 18 of the 2012 Act
  • exercising the Council’s functions in planning for, and responding to, emergencies that present a risk to public health
  • the Council's role in co-operating with the police, the probation service and the prison service to assess the risks posed by violent or sexual offenders
  • such other public health functions as the Secretary of State specifies in regulations
  • producing an independent annual report on the health of local communities

Working arrangements

Dr Ghosh is expected to work such hours as are necessary for the effective performance of his duties. This routinely involves working in the evenings and weekends, in addition to the standard Monday to Friday business week as and when required. Dr Ghosh is 'on call' at all other times, particularly to cover emergency planning requirements. The requirement to work beyond the standard Monday to Friday business week is reflected in the salary and no additional payments are made for work in excess of these hours.

Dr Ghosh is entitled to 32 days paid leave each year.

Remuneration

The annual salary scale for this post starts on £99,570 and ends at £117,138 with the potential to earn a non-consolidated one-off bonus payment of 5% (based on salary point four of the salary scale). Dr Ghosh is paid an annual salary of £117,138 per annum (4th point of the grade).

Performance-related pay awards for the Corporate Leadership Team are determined by a formal Member Panel. Details of the Bexley Staff Performance Management Scheme is available as a PDF.

Benefits

In addition to salary, the Deputy Director Health and Wellbeing/Director of Public Health post attracts a Choices allowance of £5,006, which may be taken as either a lump sum or as a contribution towards a lease car.

Pension

The Local Government Pension Scheme is a contributory scheme; this means that the employee contributes to the scheme from his or her own salary. Employees contribute 5.5% to 12.5% of their salaries. Employers' contributions to the L GPS vary depending upon how much is needed to ensure benefits under the Scheme are properly funded and are set independently. The Council currently makes an employer's contribution of 20.6% into the scheme. The rules governing the pension scheme are contained in regulations made by Parliament.

Dr Ghosh pays 11.4% of his salary into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Expenses

Dr Ghosh is able to reclaim a restricted range of legitimately incurred and evidenced business expenses such as business travel. In all cases, receipts are required before appropriate payment is made.

Director of Children's Services

The current Director of Children's Services is Stephen Kitchman, who was appointed to the role on 16 August 2019.

Introduction

Post holders are selected on merit, against objective criteria, following public advertisement.

Mr Kitchman is part of the Senior Management Team that is responsible for the activities of Council staff and for advising councillors on the potential implications of political decisions.

By law, senior Council staff are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all Councillors irrespective of their political affiliation.

Job Role

Mr Kitchman's key responsibilities as the Director of Children's Services, are as follows:

  • to be responsible for the development, in partnership with other agencies, of strategies and plans for services across the Borough that inform the priorities and objectives of the Local Strategic Partnership, and the Council
  • to ensure that strategies are developed in consultation with partner agencies that will enable services to be delivered that are customer focused, efficient and represent excellent value for money
  • to work with colleagues and partner organisations to seek continuous improvement and innovation in all services so as to better meet the needs of residents within the resources available
  • to ensure the effective management of allocated budgets and other resources and that plans for expenditure reductions are delivered
  • to work collaboratively with colleagues within the Council, partner agencies and other organisations to ensure the delivery of excellent integrated services to residents
  • to ensure that services are delivered in accordance with the Council's proper policies and procedures and with appropriate professional standards and expertise
  • to provide strategic advice and support to Members, Management Board, colleague Directors and service managers on the full range of issues within the scope of their job, and to partner agencies in relation to issues within the remit of the job
  • to take a leadership role in the overall management of the Council and Borough, as appropriate, and to contribute to the delivery of Borough-wide and Council objectives
  • to lead, manage and motivate staff in the management group and across the Council as a whole through excellent communication, professional guidance, support and development in accordance with the Council's policies and procedures
  • to undertake such projects, initiatives and additional duties as are required to ensure the effective management and delivery of the Council's services to residents
  • Employment and Skills
  • The Learning & Enterprise College Bexley

Working arrangements

Mr Kitchman is expected to work such hours as are necessary for the effective performance of his duties. This routinely involves three evenings a week in addition to the standard Monday to Friday business week. Occasional weekend working is required. Mr Kitchman is 'on call' at all other times, particularly to cover emergency planning requirements. The requirement to work beyond the standard Monday to Friday business week is reflected in the salary and no additional payments are made for work in excess of these hours.

Mr Kitchman is entitled to 32 days paid leave each year.

Remuneration

Mr Kitchman is paid an annual salary scale that starts on £145,290 and ends at £170,925 with the potential to earn a non-consolidated one-off bonus payment of 5%. Performance-related pay awards for Management Board are determined by a formal Member Panel.

Mr Kitchman current salary is £145,290 per annum. Progression along the salary scale has been assessed through annual appraisal demonstrated by achievement of objectives.

Benefits

In addition to his salary, Mr Kitchman receives a Choices allowance of £5,820 which may be taken as either salary or as a contribution towards a lease car.

Pension

The Local Government Pension Scheme is a contributory scheme; this means that the employee contributes to the scheme from their own salary. Employees contribute 5.5% - 7.5% of their salaries. Employers' contributions to the LGPS vary depending upon how much is needed to ensure benefits under the Scheme are properly funded and are set independently. The Council currently makes an employer's contribution of 20.6% into the scheme. The rules governing the pension scheme are contained in regulations made by Parliament.

Mr Kitchman pays 11.4% of his salary into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Expenses

Mr Kitchman is able to reclaim a restricted range of legitimate and evidenced business expenses, including business travel and temporary accommodation. In all cases, receipts are required before appropriate payment is made.

Deputy Director of Children's Social Care

The current Deputy Director of Children's Social Care is Fiona Cisneros. Fiona joined Bexley in July 2018 as Head of Families and Child Protection and was appointed as Deputy Director in August 2019. The role of Deputy Director of Children's Social Care is a full-time appointment.

Introduction

Post holders are selected on merit, against objective criteria, following public advertisement.

Mrs Cisneros is part of the Senior Management Team that is responsible for the activities of Council staff and for advising councillors on the potential implications of political decisions.

By law, senior Council staff, are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all Councillors irrespective of their political affiliation.

Job role

The Deputy Director of Children's Social Care job description outlines Mrs Cisneros key responsibilities as follows:

  • early help
  • child protection
  • children in need
  • looked after children
  • children with disabilities
  • permanence services, including adoption and fostering and support for care leavers
  • safeguarding for children
  • lead for management reviews and serious case reviews
  • corporate parenting
  • Local Safeguarding Children Board and link to Children's Trust
  • professional standards, quality assurance and workforce service

Working arrangements

Mrs Cisneros is expected to work such hours as are necessary for the effective performance of her duties. This routinely involves working in the evenings and weekends, in addition to the standard Monday to Friday business week as and when required. Mrs Cisneros is 'on-call' at all other times, particularly to cover emergency planning requirements and the out of hours' social work service. Requirement to work beyond the standard Monday to Friday business week is reflected in the salary and no additional payments are made for work in excess of these hours.

Mrs Cisneros is entitled to 32 days paid leave each year.

Remuneration

Mrs Cisneros is paid an annual salary scale that starts on £99,570 and ends at £117,138 with potential to earn a non-consolidated one-off bonus payment of 5% (based on salary point four of the salary scale). Performance-related pay awards for deputy directors are determined by the Director.

Mrs Cisneros current salary is £105,426 per annum (2nd point of salary scale). Progression along the salary scale is subject to annual appraisal. Incremental progression is only approved where satisfactory progress is evidenced.

Benefits

In addition to the salary, the Deputy Director of Children's Social Care post attracts a Choices allowance of £5,006, which may be taken as either a lump sum or as a contribution towards a lease car.

Pension

The Local Government Pension Scheme is a contributory scheme; this means that the employee contributes to the scheme from his or her own salary. Employees contribute 5.5% - 12.5% of their salaries. Employers' contributions to the LGPS vary depending upon how much is needed to ensure benefits under the Scheme are properly funded and are set independently. The Council currently makes an employer's contribution of 20.6% into the scheme. The rules governing the pension scheme are contained in regulations made by Parliament.

Mrs Cisneros pays 10.5% of her salary into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Expenses

Mrs Cisneros is entitled to be reimbursed for a restricted range of legitimately incurred and evidenced business expenses such as business travel. In all cases, receipts are required before appropriate payment is made.

Deputy Director of Educational Achievement & Inclusion

The current Deputy Director of Educational Achievement and Inclusion is Lauren Ovenden who was appointed to this role on 1 October 2020.

The role of Deputy Director of Educational Achievement and Inclusion is a full- time appointment.

Introduction

Mrs Ovenden is part of the Senior Management Team that is responsible for the activities of Council staff and for advising councillors on the potential implications of political decisions.

By law, senior council staff are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all Councillors irrespective of their political affiliation.

Job role

The Deputy Director of Educational Achievement and Inclusion job description outlines Mrs Ovenden’s key responsibilities as follows:

  • 14-19 Education Pathways & Strategy
  • Employment Pathways
  • Collaborative/Academies Effectiveness
  • Traded School Improvement Services
  • NQT Support
  • English as an Additional Language
  • Traveller Services
  • Education Lead for MASH
  • Education Lead for Safeguarding
  • Early Years Effectiveness
  • Early Years Service
  • School Admissions, Place & Planning
  • SEN Travel Assistance and Integrated Transport Unit
  • Schools Capital Projects
  • SEND Strategic Implementation Board
  • Early Interventions and Specialist Advice Service
  • Elective Home Education Service
  • Education Welfare Service
  • Inclusion Services
  • Learning & Enterprise College Bexley

Working arrangements

Mrs Ovenden is expected to work such hours as are necessary for the effective performance of his duties. This routinely involves working in the evenings in addition to the standard Monday to Friday business week as and when required. Occasional weekend working is required. Mrs Ovenden is 'on-call' at all other times, particularly to cover emergency planning requirements. The requirement to work beyond the standard Monday to Friday business week is reflected in the salary and no additional payments are made for work in excess of these hours.

Mrs Ovenden is entitled to 32 days paid leave each year.

Remuneration

Mrs Ovenden is paid on an annual salary scale that starts at £82,221 and ends at £96,726 with the potential to earn a non-consolidated one-off bonus payment of 5% (based on salary point four of the salary scale). Performance-related pay awards for deputy directors are determined by their director.

Mrs Ovenden’s current salary is £87,054 per annum (2nd point of the scale). Progression along the salary scale is subject to annual appraisal. Incremental progression is only approved where satisfactory progress is evidenced.

Benefits

In addition to the salary, the Deputy Director of Educational Achievement and Inclusion post attracts a Choices allowance of £5,006, which may be taken as either a lump sum or as a contribution towards a lease car.

Pension

The Local Government Pension Scheme is a contributory scheme; this means that the employee contributes to the scheme from his or her own salary. Employees contribute 5.5% to 12.5% of their salaries. Employers' contributions to the LGPS vary depending upon how much is needed to ensure benefits under the Scheme are properly funded and are set independently. The Council currently makes an employer's contribution of 20.6% into the scheme. The rules governing the pension scheme are contained in regulations made by Parliament.

Mrs Ovenden pays 11.4% of her salary into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Expenses

Mrs Ovenden is entitled to be reimbursed for a restricted range of legitimately incurred and evidenced business expenses such as business travel. In all cases, receipts are required before appropriate payment is made.

Director of Place

The current Director of Place is Matthew Norwell, who was appointed to the role on 5 October 2020.

Introduction

Post holders are selected on merit, against objective criteria, following public advertisement.

Mr Norwell is part of the Senior Management Team that is responsible for the activities of Council staff and for advising councillors on the potential implications of political decisions.

By law, senior Council staff are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all Councillors irrespective of their political affiliation.

Job Role

Mr Norwell's key responsibilities as the Director of Place, are as follows:

  • to work collaboratively with colleagues within the Council, partner agencies and other organisations to develop borough-wide strategies and plans for the delivery of excellent integrated services to residents
  • to lead the development of strategy and planning on cross-cutting themes so as to deliver integrated services that meet residents needs, adopting a One Council approach at all times
  • to set the strategic direction and context for the delivery of services within a management group to meet the needs of residents

Working arrangements

Mr Norwell is expected to work such hours as are necessary for the effective performance of his duties. This routinely involves three evenings a week in addition to the standard Monday to Friday business week. Occasional weekend working is required. Mr Norwell is 'on call' at all other times, particularly to cover emergency planning requirements.

The requirement to work beyond the standard Monday to Friday business week is reflected in the salary and no additional payments are made for work in excess of these hours.

Mr Norwell is entitled to 32 days paid leave each year.

Remuneration

Mr Norwell is paid an annual salary scale that starts on £145,290 and ends at £170,925 with the potential to earn a non-consolidated one-off bonus payment of 5%. Performance-related pay awards for Management Board are determined by a formal Member Panel.

Mr Norwell current salary is £145,290 per annum. Progression along the salary scale has been assessed through annual appraisal demonstrated by achievement of objectives.

Benefits

In addition to his salary, Mr Norwell receives a Choices allowance of £5,820 which may be taken as either salary or as a contribution towards a lease car.

Pension

The Local Government Pension Scheme is a contributory scheme; this means that the employee contributes to the scheme from their own salary. Employees contribute 5.5% - 7.5% of their salaries. Employers' contributions to the LGPS vary depending upon how much is needed to ensure benefits under the Scheme are properly funded and are set independently.

The Council currently makes an employer's contribution of 20.6% into the scheme. The rules governing the pension scheme are contained in regulations made by Parliament.

Mr Norwell pays 11.4% of his salary into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Expenses

Mr Norwell is able to reclaim a restricted range of legitimate and evidenced business expenses, including business travel and temporary accommodation. In all cases, receipts are required before appropriate payment is made.

Deputy Director of Neighbourhoods

The current Deputy Director of Neighbourhoods is Kim Durrani, who has held the position since his appointment on 4 May 2021.

The role of Deputy Director of Neighbourhoods is a full-time appointment.

Introduction

Post holders are selected on merit, against objective criteria, following public advertisement.

Mr Durrani is part of the Senior Management Team that is responsible for the activities of Council staff and for advising councillors on the potential implications of political decisions.

By law, senior Council staff are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all Councillors irrespective of their political affiliation.

Job Role

The Deputy Director of Neighbourhoods job description outlines Mr Durrani's key responsibilities as follows:

  • libraries service including shared service and community management
  • local studies and archives
  • community centres - Crayford and Slade Green
  • heritage - including BHT
  • tourism partnership
  • leisure PPP and Barnehurst Golf Course
  • physical activity programmes/preventative agenda
  • sports development and school sport
  • outdoor recreation
  • community safety - strategy and anti-social behaviour
  • CCTV - client side
  • parks - policy, development and events
  • grounds maintenance
  • trees and landscaping
  • playgrounds
  • allotment service
  • cemeteries and cremation
  • parking services (shared service with Bromley)
  • highways
  • traffic
  • infrastructure
  • environmental Services

Working arrangements

Mr Durrani is expected to work such hours as are necessary for the effective performance of her duties. This routinely involves working in the evenings in addition to the standard Monday to Friday business week as and when required. Occasional weekend working is required. Mr Durrani is 'on call' at all other times, particularly to cover emergency planning requirements. The requirement to work beyond the standard Monday to Friday business week is reflected in the salary and no additional payments are made for work in excess of these hours.

Mr Durrani is entitled to 32 days paid leave each year.

Remuneration

Mr Durrani is paid an annual salary scale that starts on £82,221 and ends at £96,726 with the potential to earn a non-consolidated one-off bonus payment of 5% (based on salary point four of the salary scale). Performance-related pay awards for deputy directors are determined by their director.

Mr Durrani’s current salary is £91,893 per annum (3rd point of salary scale). Progression along the salary scale is subject to annual appraisal. Incremental progression is only approved where satisfactory progress is evidenced.

Benefits

In addition to the salary, the Deputy Director of Neighbourhoods post attracts a Choices allowance of £5,006, which may be taken as either a lump sum or as a contribution towards a lease car.

Pension

The Local Government Pension Scheme is a contributory scheme; this means that the employee contributes to the scheme from his or her own salary. Employees contribute 5.5% - 12.5% of their salaries. Employers' contributions to the L GPS vary depending upon how much is needed to ensure benefits under the Scheme are properly funded and are set independently. The Council currently makes an employer's contribution of 20.6% into the scheme. The rules governing the pension scheme are contained in regulations made by Parliament.

Mr Durrani pays 9.9% of his salary into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Expenses

Mr Durrani is entitled to be reimbursed for a restricted range of legitimately incurred and evidenced business expenses such as business travel. In all cases, receipts are required before appropriate payment is made.

Deputy Director of Housing and Strategic Planning

The current Deputy Director of Housing and Strategic Planning is Jane Richardson, who has held a Deputy Director position since her appointment in August 2009.

The role of Deputy Director of Housing and Strategic Planning is a full-time appointment.

Introduction

Post holders are selected on merit, against objective criteria, following public advertisement.

Mrs Richardson is part of the Senior Management Team that is responsible for the activities of Council staff and for advising councillors on the potential implications of political decisions.

By law, senior Council staff are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all Councillors irrespective of their political affiliation.

Job Role

The Deputy Director of Housing and Strategic Planning's job description outlines Mrs Richardson's key responsibilities as follows:

  • land use policy
  • local development framework
  • strategy and implementation
  • transport planning
  • regeneration and economic strategy and implementation
  • housing services
  • strategic partnership with GLA family
  • regeneration projects
  • town centres
  • development control
  • building control
  • planning enforcement
  • trading standards
  • environmental health & protection
  • licensing (Sevenoaks shared service)
  • local land & property gazetteer
  • economic development
  • business development/liaison

Working arrangements

Mrs Richardson is expected to work such hours as are necessary for the effective performance of her duties. This routinely involves working in the evenings in addition to the standard Monday to Friday business week as and when required.

Occasional weekend working is required. Mrs Richardson is 'on call' at all other times, particularly to cover emergency planning requirements. The requirement to work beyond the standard Monday to Friday business week is reflected in the salary and no additional payments are made for work in excess of these hours.

Mrs Richardson is entitled to 32 days paid leave each year.

Remuneration

Mrs Richardson is paid an annual salary scale that starts on £82,221 and ends at £96,726 with the potential to earn a non-consolidated one-off bonus payment of 5% (based on salary point four of the salary scale). Performance-related pay awards for deputy directors are determined by their director.

Mrs Richardson current salary is £96,726 per annum (4th point of salary scale). Progression along the salary scale is subject to annual appraisal. Incremental progression is only approved where satisfactory progress is evidenced.

Benefits

In addition to the salary, the Assistant Chief Executive Growth and Regeneration post attracts a Choices allowance of £5,006, which may be taken as either a lump sum or as a contribution towards a lease car.

Pension

The Local Government Pension Scheme is a contributory scheme; this means that the employee contributes to the scheme from his or her own salary. Employees contribute 5.5% - 12.5% of their salaries. Employers' contributions to the L GPS vary depending upon how much is needed to ensure benefits under the Scheme are properly funded and are set independently. The Council currently makes an employer's contribution of 20.6% into the scheme. The rules governing the pension scheme are contained in regulations made by Parliament.

Mrs Richardson pays 10.5% of her salary into the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Expenses

Mrs Richardson is entitled to be reimbursed for a restricted range of legitimately incurred and evidenced business expenses such as business travel. In all cases, receipts are required before appropriate payment is made.

Senior managers structure

The structure of senior managers is shown below.

You can also download this as a visual structure chart (PDF).

  • Chief Executive and Returning Officer – Jackie Belton – Bexley 27

    • Director of Children’s Services – Stephen Kitchman – Bexley 26
      • Deputy Director for Achievement and Inclusion – Laura Ovenden - Bexley 24
        • Head of Education Partnership, School and College Improvement – Louise Lynch
        • Head of 0 to 25 SEND and Targeted Youth Service – Reinhild Onuoha
        • Head of Early Intervention and Specialist Teachers (Principal Educational Psychologist) – John Miller
        • Head of School Expansion, Transport and Admissions – Kevin Taylor
      • Deputy Director Children’s Social Care and Safeguarding – Fiona Cisneros – Bexley 24
        • Head of Virtual School for Looked-After Children – Rosemarie Zaubzer
        • Head of Professional Standards and Quality Assurance – Nickie Shaw
        • Head of Looked After Children, Placements and Specialist Services – Carol Turton 
        • Head of MASH, Referral and Assessment, Family Support and Child Protection – Moksuda Uddin
        • Head of 16+ Learning and Skills - Vacant
    • Statutory Director of Adult Social Care and Health – Stuart Rowbotham – Bexley 26
      • Deputy Director Adult Social Care – Yolanda Dennehy – Bexley 24
        • Assistant Director Integrated Commissioning (BCCG) – Alison Rogers
        • Associate Director Adult Social Care - Vacant
        • Head of Complex Care – Deb Travers
        • Head of Safeguarding Adults – Malcolm Bainsfair
        • Head of Social Care – Oxleas – Vacant
        • Head of Integrated Services for Older People – Laura Williams
        • Health and Social Care Information System Manager – Kerry Kear
        • Head of Integrated Commissioning LD and PD – Elizabeth Deeves
        • Head of Integrated Commissioning for MH – Graham Tanner
      • Director of Public Health (Deputy Director of Health and Wellbeing) – Dr Anjan Ghosh – Bexley 24
        • Senior Public Health Specialist – Joanne Ferry
    • Director of Place – Matthew Norwell – Bexley 26
      • Deputy Director Neighbourhoods - Kim Durrani
        • Head of Environmental Services – Asya Mircheva/Steve Didsbury
        • Head of Shared Service Parking (Joint report to Bexley and Bromley) – Chloe Wenbourne
        • Head of Highways, Traffic and Infrastructure – Andrew Bashford
        • Head of Leisure, Parks and Open Spaces – Janet Stone
        • Head of Libraries and Communities – Ginny Hyland
      • Deputy Director Housing and Strategic Planning - Jane Richardson - Bexley 23
        • Head of Strategic Planning - Seb Salom
        • Head of Planning and Regulation – Robert Lancaster
        • Head of Economic Development and Skills – Rod Lean
        • Head of Housing Services – Jacqui Lansley
    • Director of Finance and Corporate Services S151 Officer – Paul Thorogood – Bexley 26
      • Deputy Director of Finance and Property (Deputy S151) – Nickie Morris – Bexley 23
        • Head of Financial Strategy, Treasury and Pensions - Chris Randall
        • Head of Finance Business Partnering (Adults & Children’s) - Wesley Guy
        • Head of Finance Business Partnering (Commercial & Housing) - Catherine Peter (Temporary)
        • Head of Finance Business Partnering (Place & Corporate) - Ankur Gupta
        • Head of Exchequer Services - Mark Underwood
        • Head of Procurement - Mick Sullivan
        • Chief Accountant - Jez Simans
      • Head of Property and Facilities Management – Suzanne Jackson (temporarily reporting to the Director)
      • Deputy Director Corporate Services Nick Hollier – Bexley 23
        • Head of Corporate HR, Organisational Learning and Development – Lorraine Barlow
        • Head of Schools HR and Governor Services – Rebecca Barut
        • Head of ICT – James Scott
        • Head of Customer Services and Business Support – Richard Edwards
      • Deputy Director Legal and Democratic Services (Monitoring Officer) - Akin Alabi - Bexley 23
        • Head of Electoral and Member Services – Vacant
        • Head of Mayoral and Member Support - Dave Easton
        • Head of Committee Services and Scrutiny - Kevin Fox
      • Head of Communications and Marketing – John Ferry
      • Head of Risk and Assurance - Jeremy Welburn
      • Head of Strategy, Performance and Complaints - Julia Owen

Notes

  • Please refer to the council's pay and salary scales for grade ranges.
  • All posts are filled on a permanent basis unless otherwise specified