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Council structure

1. Chairman of the Council

Mrs Netta Glover is the Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council for 2018/19 and aims to showcase the best of Buckinghamshire during her year in office.
One of Netta's greatest desires for her term as Chairman is to highlight and draw attention to the hard work that goes on behind the scenes both at the County Council and in the wider community to help look after our residents and keep Buckinghamshire thriving. She said: "I'm most looking forward to getting out and about into our beautiful county and meeting all of the interesting people who are doing such great work in their fields of interest."

In her year in office Netta plans to support two local charities – SSAFA Forces Help and the Thames Valley Air Ambulance. Explaining her reasons for choosing them Netta said: “I chose SSAFA Forces Help because of the good work they do for servicemen and women who have returned from some horrible overseas missions. Some physically and mentally damaged to an extent where they need so much help and that is what SSAFA are able to do. I would like to draw the public’s attention to just how much this organisation does to help the people to whom we owe so much."

Netta's reasons for supporting the Thames Valley Air Ambulance are similar, she explained: "I only recently realised exactly how much work they do to help people who are injured. I have read of people with life-changing injuries who have been saved by their prompt action in ferrying them to hospital in double quick time.

"The very important thing to remember about their work is that they are totally funded by voluntary contributions, they don't take a penny from the state."
Having been a county councillor since 2009, Netta, ward member for Wing, has experience of the workings of the council across a wide range of areas including planning and environment and development control. She said: “One of the most enjoyable roles I have had was as Deputy Cabinet Member for Planning and Environment. I would never have thought that dealing with waste would be such a fascinating subject!”

Netta takes over from Patricia Birchley and will be supported by Vice Chairman Brian Roberts.

2. Lord-Lieutenant

Sir Henry Aubrey-FletcherThe Lord-Lieutenant for Buckinghamshire is Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher. He is also the Chief Magistrate of the County and Chairman of the Advisory Committee.

A Lord-Lieutenant is the Queen's local representative. They are unpaid and administrative support is provided by the County Council. Each Lord-Lieutenant has a Vice Lord-Lieutenant and Buckinghamshire's is Mr Alexander Boswell. Buckinghamshire also has 33 Deputy Lieutenants.

Duties of the Lord-Lieutenant include:

  • Arranging visits by members of the Royal family
  • Presenting medals and awards on behalf of Her Majesty
  • Participating in civic, voluntary and social activities
  • Liaising with local units of Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army, Royal Air Force and their associated cadet forces
  • Leading the local magistracy by chairing Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace

History

The office of Lord-Lieutenant started in the military during the reign of Henry VIII. After 1535 there was discontent and rebellion in some parts of the country. To make local forces effective, the Crown commissioned Lieutenants to command the levies of one or more counties in times of emergency. The Lieutenant was responsible for the maintenance of order and defence. By 1569, Deputy Lieutenants were created, pro rata to population, and continue today. In 1871 the Regulation of the Forces Act removed the military from the Lord-Lieutenant’s direct control although until 1921 they were able to call on all able bodied men to fight in an emergency.

Contact details

Lieutenancy Office, County Hall, Aylesbury HP20 1UA, (01296 383622)

You can also visit the Buckinghamshire Lieutenancy website for more information.

3. Parish councils

Parish or Town Councils are the most local level of government in England. They are independent of other levels of local government, i.e. District and County Council, however they maintain a close working relationship with both. The powers of Parishes vary depending on how large and how active they are. Some meet infrequently (but at least four times a year, including one public meeting) and are responsible for very few matters. Other, larger, parishes undertake many duties such as street lighting, managing cemeteries, allotments, commons, village halls, war memorials and markets etc.

A database is available showing contact details for all Parish and Town Councils and Parish Meetings. Details are viewable by Parish and by Clerk. Printer labels for each district, and a complete list is also available:

Parish Database

Parishes in this context are secular arms of government, not ecclesiastical parishes.

Common Parish Council powers include:

  • Allotments
  • Baths and Washhouses
  • Burial grounds, cemeteries and crematoria
  • Bus Shelters
  • Clocks
  • Closed Churchyards
  • Commons and common pastures
  • Community centres
  • Education - appoint school governors
  • Highways
  • Litter Bins (provision of)
  • Mortuaries and post mortem rooms
  • Open spaces - obtain and maintain
  • Public Conveniences
  • Town planning - right to be consulted
  • Transport
  • War memorials

If you cannot contact a Parish or Town Council directly please speak to:

Buckinghamshire Association of Local Councils
County Hall
Aylesbury
HP20 1UA

Telephone: 01296 383154
Fax: 01296 387966

4. Senior management

Data is correct in July as at 2018.

Buckinghamshire County Council Contact Centre Number 01296 395000.

The Council is led by Chief Executive Rachael Shimmin OBE on the Executive Pay Range with a salary of £200,000 and a Non-Consolidated Performance payment of £20,000.

All Executive Directors and the Assistant Chief Executive report directly to Mrs Shimmin.

 

Executive Directors

Post Title

Business Unit

Salary maximum

£

Grade

Salary £ (in £5,000 bands)

Non-Consolidated Performance pay July 2018 £

Temporary or Permanent

Responsibilities

Executive Director

Gillian Quinton

Communities, Health & Adult Social Care

158,765

SM5

155,000-160,000

11,424

Permanent

Responsible for the Strategic direction of the Business Unit, including the statutory role of Director of Adult Social Care.

Executive Director

Tolis Vouyioukas

Childrens’ Services

Spot salary

Executive Pay Range

155,000-160,000

10,000

Permanent

Responsible for the Strategic direction of the Business Unit, including the statutory role of Director of Children’s Services.

Executive Director

Neil Gibson

Transport, Economy & Environment

158,765

SM5

155,000-160,000

4,130

Permanent

Responsible for the Strategic direction of the Business Unit.

 

The role is filled on a part-time basis - 70% FTE.

The actual salary range for the employee is in the range £110,000-£115,000

Executive Director

Sarah Ashmead

Resources & Assistant Chief Executive's Service

Spot salary

Executive Pay Range

150,000-155,000

1,157

Permanent

Responsible for the Strategic direction of the Business Unit.

 

Statement of Accounts 2017-18 

As part of the Local Government Transparency Code 2015, all local authorities have a statutory requirement to publish annually details of senior employees with full-time equivalent salaries of £50,000 or above. Buckinghamshire County Council meets this obligation by maintaining and regularly updating both this page and the documents below, broken down by business area.

 

Downloads

Current year

Executive expenses 2017-18
Senior team structure - Children's Services 2018
Senior team structure - Resources and ACES 2018
Senior team structure - Communities, Health and Adult Social Care (CHASC) 2018
Senior team structure - Transport, Economy and Environment (TEE) 2018

Previous years

Senior Team Structure - July 2017
Executive Expenses 2016-2017
Executive Expenses 2015-2016
Executive Pay 2014-2015
Executive Pay 2013-2014
Senior Team Structure 2015

5. Trade unions

 

Local Government Transparency Code (2014)

Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017: Data March 2018

 

1.Trade Union Facilities Time for Services

Buckinghamshire County Council recognises AEP, UNISON and Prospect. There are a total of 14 Trade Union Representatives, 13 UNISON representatives and 1 AEP Representative. Prospect have no local representative. Only 1 Representative (UNISON) spends more than 50% of their time on trade union duties.

Details of the Trade Union Representatives are as follows:

Name

UNION

Position in Union

Stephanie Noble

AEP

AEP TU Representative

Stuart Kelly

UNISON

Convenor and Steward

Stephen Belfrage

UNISON

Communications Officer & Steward

Thomas Edwards

UNISON

Labour Link Officer and Steward

Peter Dearden

UNISON

Steward

Angelle Bryan

UNISON

Steward

Heather Bettison

UNISON

Steward

Wendy Hailes

UNISON

Steward

Israr Hussain

UNISON

Steward

Windol Williams

UNISON

Steward

Elaine Ward

UNISON

Steward

Kathy Freyer

UNISON

Steward

Michael O’Connell

UNISON

Steward

Wendy Maloney

UNISON

Steward

 

Spending on Trade Union Facility Time

There is only one person who spends at least 50% of their time on Union duties – 3 days per week (0.6 FTE). Based on an average salary (including pension and NI) the estimated spend on TU facilities time is a total of £43,208 per annum.

Percentage of Time

Number of Employees

0%

10

1 – 50%

3

51 – 99%

1

100%

0

As a percentage of the total paybill, this equates to 0.04% of the paybill per annum.

2.32% of time was spent on paid trade union activities as a percentage of the total paid facility time hours.

 

2.Trade Union Facilities Time for Education

With regard to Union facilities relating to Teachers, Buckinghamshire County Council recognises NEU (an amalgamation of NUT and ATL which currently each have their own operational divisions within NEU), NASUWT, ASCL and NAHT. There are a total of 5 County Secretaries (one for each of the unions) and local representatives across the county. Only the representative for the NAHT is employed by Buckinghamshire County Council. There are also 2 UNISON representatives employed by the Council within the Education Sector. None of these Representatives spends more than 50% of their time on trade union duties.

Details of the Trade Union Representatives are as follows:

 

Name

UNION

Position in Union

Employed by BCC

Annette Pryce

NUT

County Secretary

No

Claudia Glasgow

NASUWT

County Secretary

No

Sarah Stevens

ATL

County Secretary

No

Richard Footitt

ASCL

County Secretary

No

Debra Mansfield

NAHT

County Secretary

Yes

Simon Blick

UNISON

Steward

Yes

Jacqueline Davies

UNISON

Steward

Yes

 

Spending on Trade Union Facility Time

There is no one in the Education Sector who spends more than 50% of their time on Union duties. Based on an average salary (including pension and NI) the estimated spend on TU facilities time is a total of £51,000 per annum.

Percentage of Time

Number of Employees

0%

2

1 – 50%

1

51 – 99%

0

100%

0

As a percentage of the total paybill for the Education Sector (who buy BCC payroll), this equates to 0.038% of the paybill per annum.

There was no time spent on paid trade union activities as a percentage of the total paid facility time hours.