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Our Corporate Leadership Team

The day-to-day management of the council and its services is carried out by our corporate leadership team. The corporate leadership team is headed up by the Chief Executive, they oversee the development and delivery of all council services and are the main decision-making body which works alongside councillors. Our corporate leadership team consists of the following officers:

  • Chief Executive
  • Corporate Director: Resources
  • Corporate Director: Economic Prosperity and Place
  • Solicitor to the Council

Senior salaries

The Accounts and Audit Regulations 2015 (Statutory Instrument 2015/234) requires local authorities to publish the following information:

  • The number of employees whose salary in that year was at least £50,000 in brackets of £5,000
  • Details of salary and job title of certain senior employees whose salary is at least £50,000
  • Employees whose salaries are £150,000 or more must also be identified by name
  • In addition, the Local Government Transparency Code 2015 requires us to publish a list of responsibilities for example, the services and functions they are responsible for, budget held and number of staff, we are also required to include details of bonuses and ‘benefits in kind’ for all employees whose salary exceeds £50,000.

Our corporate directors and heads of service (chief officers) are responsible for different areas of our work which can be identified below. To view our organisation structure chart, which details our top three levels of senior management, visit our organisational structure page. More information on our pay scales is available on our pay and grading structure page.

Chief Officers'

Ian Miller

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Contact information

01562 732700
Ian.Miller@wyreforestdc.gov.uk

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 £12m) to achieve the council’s priorities. Line management responsibility for other members of the Corporate Leadership Team: three Corporate Directors and the Solicitor to the Council. Representing the council as appropriate at national, regional and local level. Returning officer for local and national elections and referenda.

Education

  • 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

  • Member of the Partnership Board of PSP Wyre Forest LLP, OC416505
  • Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership: Member, Executive Officers’ Group; Member, Programme Delivery Board
  • Member, District Councils’ Network National Chief Executives' Group
  • Honorary Secretary, ALACE

Salary

£114,177.00 (April 2021). This includes duties as returning officer for district council elections.

Benefits

Reimbursement of business mileage at 40p per mile; 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.

Job description

View Chief Executive Officer job description

Tracey Southall

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Contact information

01562 732125
Tracey.Southall@wyreforestdc.gov.uk

Key responsibilities

A member of the Corporate Leadership Team with lead responsibilities for all aspects of the Council's Financial Strategy and Financial Management, Revenues Benefits and Customer Services and Information, Communication and Technology (ICT). Tracey is the Council's statutory Section 151 Officer and has Directorate responsibility for 56 F/T and 44 P/T employees including the following areas: Financial Services, Procurement, Payroll, Internal Audit, Council Tax, Benefits, Customer Services and ICT.

Education

  • Chartered Public Accountant (CPA) 1985
  • Accounting Technician (AAT) 1982

Professional bodies

  • Full Member of Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
  • Full Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians

Career information

Tracey joined Wyre Forest District Council in June 1979 straight from High School and studied for her professional qualifications while working across the Council in multiple roles taking the post of Group Accountant Housing in 1986 following her qualification as a Chartered Public Accountant. In January 1990 Tracey left the Council to start a family and returned in 1992 in a temporary part-time project role covering the implementation of Compulsory Competitive Tendering legislation. In 1997 Tracey returned in a full time permanent capacity as Group Accountant. Following several financial roles Tracey was appointed to the post of Chief Financial officer in July 2013 and latterly as Director Resources from June 2017.

Salary

£77,105.00 (April 2021)

Benefits

Reimbursement of business mileage at 40p per mile; discounted membership of Places for People, available to all council staff; payment of professional membership subscription to CIPFA.

Job description

View Corporate Director: Resources job descriptions

Mike Parker

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Contact information

01562 732500
Mike.Parker@wyreforestdc.gov.uk

Key responsibilities

A member of the Corporate Leadership Team with lead responsibilities for maximising use of assets and carbon management, and Directorate responsibility for 39 F/T and 29 P/T employees within the following areas: Facilities Management, Planning Policy, Development Management, Building Control, Economic Development, Regeneration, Property, Strategic Housing Services, Flood and Watercourse Management, Health & Sustainability & Land Charges.

Education

  • BA(Hons) Urban and Regional Planning 1984
  • Bachelor of Town Planning 1986
  • Diploma in Surveying 1993

Professional bodies

  • Corporate Member of Royal Town Planning Institute

Career information

Mike joined Wyre Forest District Council in May 2000 as Development Control Manager, having previously worked in development control for Telford and Wrekin Council and Dudley MBC before that. In 2003 Mike was appointed to the post of Head of Planning Health & Environment and latterly as Director of Planning & Regulatory Services.

Salary

£77,105.00 (April 2021)

Benefits

Reimbursement of business mileage at 40p per mile; discounted membership of Places for People, available to all council staff; payment of professional membership subscription to RTPI.

Job description

View Corporate Director: Economic Prosperity and Place job description

Caroline Newlands

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Contact information

01562 732715
Caroline.Newlands@wyreforestdc.gov.uk

Key responsibilities

Monitoring Officer

Salary

£65,608.00 (April 2021, FTE)

Job description

View Solicitor to the Council job description

Deputy Chief Officers'

Organisation scale

Table shows the number of full time equivalent employees per chief officer and deputy chief officer.
Responsible chief officers and deputy chief officers Full time equivalent employees
Chief Executive 297.2
Corporate Director: Resources 75.3
Corporate Director: Economic Prosperity and Place 72.9
Solicitor to the Council 12.9
Head of Community and Environment Services 132.17
Head of Strategic Growth 41.4
Head of Economic Development and Regeneration - North Worcestershire 11.1

Statutory and non-statutory chief officers and deputy chief officers

Statutory and non-statutory chief officer and deputy chief officer posts as defined in the Localism Act 2011:

  • Chief Executive (Head of Paid Service)
  • Corporate Director: Community Wellbeing and Environment - post removed 31/03/2020
  • Cultural Services and Marketing Manager - post removed 31/12/2019
  • Senior Communications and Engagement Officer - post created 31/12/2019
  • Head of Community and Environment Services - post previously titled 'Head of Operational Services' 01/04/2020
  • Corporate Director: Resources (Section 151 Officer)
  • Audit Manager
  • Financial Services Manager
  • Revenues, Benefits and Customer Service Manager
  • ICT Manager
  • Corporate Director: Economic Prosperity and Place
  • Development Manger
  • Facilities and Asset Manager
  • Head of Strategic Growth
  • Head of Economic Development and Regeneration - North Worcestershire
  • Solicitor to the Council (Monitoring Officer)
  • Electoral Services Manager
  • HR and Organisational Development Manager
  • Principal Solicitor

There are also three shared services that are hosted by Wyre Forest District Council for Economic Development and Regeneration; Water Management; and Emergency Planning. The staff are employed by Wyre Forest but provide services also on behalf of both Bromsgrove and Redditch Borough Councils. Likewise, since 2010, a number of functions previously performed by staff of Wyre Forest District Council have been transferred to shared services hosted by other councils and therefore they no longer appear in lists of Wyre Forest posts.

The Localism Act 2011, chapter 8, section 43(2) states:

In this Chapter “chief officer”, in relation to a relevant authority, means each of the following:

  1. the head of its paid service designated under section 4(1) of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989;
  2. its monitoring officer designated under section 5(1) of that Act;
  3. a statutory chief officer mentioned in section 2(6) of that Act;
  4. a non-statutory chief officer mentioned in section 2(7) of that Act;
  5. a deputy chief officer mentioned in section 2(8) of that Act.
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