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.
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
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
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.
Ms Belton is paid an annual salary scale that starts on £174,837 and ends at £200,721 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 £174,837 per annum. Progression along the salary scale is subject to annual appraisal. Incremental progression is only approved where satisfactory progress is evidenced.
In addition to the salary, the Chief Executive post attracts a Choices allowance of £7,662 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.
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.