Senior officer structure
Elected councillors provide the policies and the paid employees - council officers - put them into practice. The council employs about 350 staff who are responsible for a wide range of services that benefit the local community.
The Corporate Management Group manages the activities of the council staff and advises councillors on the potential implications of strategic decisions.
By law, senior council staff are not allowed to take part in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all councillors irrespective of their political affiliation.
Corporate Management Group contacts
Jane Hartnell: Managing Director
Responsible for Financial Services, People and Business Support, Legal services, Accommodation and Transformation, IT, Policy, Continuous Performance and Democratic Services.
Andrew Palmer: Assistant Director Housing and Built Environment
Responsible for Housing, Housing Renewal, Development Management (Planning), LLPG and Land Charges, Licensing and Social Lettings Agency, Environmental Health and Licensing.
Victoria Conheady: Assistant Director Regeneration and Culture
Responsible for External Funding, Resort Services, Planning Policy, Cultural Development, Regeneration, Economic Development, Leisure Development, Marketing and Improvement Projects, Parking.
Verna Connolly: Executive Manager, People and Business Support
Responsible for Human Resources, Community Contact Centre and Business Support.
Mary Kilner: Chief Legal Officer
Responsible for: Legal Services and Electoral Services, Monitoring Officer
Kit Wheeler: Chief Finance Officer/Section 151 officer
Responsible for: Revenues and Benefits, Accountancy and Exchequer, Section 151 officer.
Stephen Dodson: Transformation and Programmes Manager
Responsible for delivering the corporate transformation programmes including digital and online services and Strategic Programme and Project Management.
Natasha Tewkesbury: Customer Services, Communications and Emergency Planning Manager
Responsible for: Community Contact Centre, Communications, Community Safety, Cemetery and Crematorium, Emergency Planning, Customer First strategy
Cameron Morley: Waste, Cleansing and Open Spaces Services Manager
Responsible for: waste and recycling, street cleansing (DSO), toilet cleaning, building cleaning (DSO), fleet management, parks and open spaces, natural environment.