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Chief Executive

Ian Miller

Ian Miller

Key responsibilities:

Head of the Council’s paid service and principal policy advisor to the Council. Leading and directing the workforce (<400 employees and a net budget of £13m) to achieve the council’s priorities. Line management responsibility for the Chief Executive's Unit, which leads on the Wyre Forest Forward transformation programme, ICT, performance management, communications, elections, committee services and emergency planning, facilities and asset management, information governance; Solicitor to the Council (legal services, HR); Chief Financial Officer (accountancy and audit, procurement, payroll); and customer services, revenues and benefits. Representing the council as appropriate at national, regional and local level. Returning officer for local and national elections and referenda.


  • MA(Oxon), 1990
  • BA(Hons) in Classics, University of Oxford (St Anne's College)

Professional Bodies:

  • Member of Society of Local Authority Chief Executives
  • Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA)

Career information:

Ian joined Wyre Forest District Council in December 2009. After 13 years in the civil service working on a number of areas of policy and legislation, he moved to local government in 2000 as head of finance, Welsh Local Government Association and then from 2002 as chief executive of Denbighshire County Council. From 2002 to 2008, Ian was also clerk to North Wales Fire Authority.

External roles:

  • Trustee, Carpet Museum Trust Registered charity number 1163401
  • Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership: Member, Executive Officers’ Group; Member, GBS Growth Team
  • Junior Vice Chairman, SOLACE West Midlands branch
  • Joint chair, West Midlands District Councils’ Network; member, DCN's national Chief Executives' Group
  • Honorary Secretary, ALACE Council


£109,183 (April 2016). This includes duties as returning officer for district council elections.


Reimbursement of business mileage at 40p per mile; payment of professional membership to SOLACE; discounted membership of Places for People, available to all council staff; variable payments for acting as returning officer in respect of elections other than district council elections.

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Wyre Forest District Council