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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 at July 2017

Buckinghamshire County Council Contact Centre Number 01296 395000

The council is led by Chief Executive Rachael Shimmin OBE on Executive Pay Band 1 with a salary of £195,000 and a Non-Consolidated Performance payment of £6,000.

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

Communities, Health & Social Care

Post Title

Salary maximum

£

Grade

Salary £ (in £5,000 bands)

Non-Consolidated Performance pay July 2017

Temporary or Permanent

 

Responsibilities

Executive Director

150,000

Executive Band 2

£130,000-£135,000

-

Permanent

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

Service Director (ASC Operations)

108,811

SM3B

100,000-105,000

-

Permanent

Lead officer for Adult social care, providing strategic leadership and policy direction

Management, development, performance and continuous improvement of Adult Social Care and Safeguarding

Consultant Director Public Health

101,451

NHS YC51

95,000-100,000 (plus 10,369 NHS responsibility allowance)

-

Permanent

The Consultant Director Public Health is the chief source of public health leadership in Buckinghamshire.

 

Service Director (Communities)

108,811

SM3B

100,000-105,000

-

Vacant

Responsible for all community services includes,Community Cohesion and Equalities, Community Links & Wellbeing Projects, the Coroner, Drug and Alcohol Action Team

Libraries (29 libraries of which 19 are now community supported) Registration Services Resilience and Emergency Planning.

Director of Joint Commissioning Service

120,000

Executive Band 3

100,000-105,000

-

Permanent

Responsible for strategic commissioning for Children’s and Adult services.

 

Children's Social Care & Learning

Post Title

Salary maximum

£

Grade

Salary (in £5,000 bands)

Non-Consolidated Performance pay July 2017

Temporary or Permanent

Responsibilities

Executive Director

 

150,000

SM5

Interim  External non-payroll

-

Temporary

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

Service Director Education

120,000

Executive Band 3

100,000-105,000

-

Permanent

Leads the development and implementation of strategies to promote, maintain and further improve the high standards of education, the quality of teaching in all settings and the skills, attainment and progress of all children and young people in Buckinghamshire.

Service Director, Children’s Social Care

121,164

SM4

120,000- 125,000

1,443

Permanent

Lead officer for children’s social care, providing strategic leadership and policy direction for Children & Families Service includes the management, development, performance and continuous improvement of all Children’s Social Care and Safeguarding related activities.

Programme Manager Change for Children

108,811

SM3B

105,000-110,000

808

Temporary

The Programme Director is responsible, on behalf of the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO), for delivering a major Transformation Programme across the CSCL Directorate.  The role has effective direction and control of the programme’s projects and management of their inter-dependencies including active management of any risks and issues arising. It also includes responsibility for effective governance and control across the whole programme. 

 

Transport, Economy & Environment

Post Title

Salary maximum

£

Grade

Salary (in £5,000 bands)

Non-Consolidated Performance pay July 2017

Temporary or Permanent

Responsibilities

Managing Director

Neil Gibson

155,652

SM5

151,000-156,000

2,314

Permanent

Responsible for the Strategic direction of the Business Unit.

Programme Director England's Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance

108,811

SM3B

100,000-105,000

808.00

Permanent

England’s Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance is a non-statutory partnership comprising Local Transport Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships across a corridor stretching from Oxfordshire to Cambridgeshire.
Buckinghamshire County Council acts as the Accountable Body for the Strategic Alliance, in which role it acts as the host authority for the employment of the Programme Director.

Director of Growth, Strategy and Highway Services

120,000

Executive Band 3

 

100,000-105,000

3,000

Permanent

Lead for growth and strategy and provides contract management and financial control for all BCC Operational Highways, Traffic, Transportation, Client Transport and Public Transport Services

Environment Services Director 

88,695

SM2

81,000-86,000

1,318

Permanent

Lead Officer providing the client leadership, contract management and financial control for all BCC internal and externalised Operational & Regulatory Waste and general Environment Services. 

Director of Business Strategy, Improvement & Commercial development

88,695

SM2

81,000-86,000

659.00

Permanent

Lead Officer providing commercial support across the TEE BU including: business planning, performance & development; business continuity and risk management

 

  

Resources

Post Title

Salary maximum

£

Grade

Salary (in £5,000 bands)

Non-Consolidated Performance pay July 2017

Temporary or Permanent

Responsibilities

Executive Director

Gillian Quinton

155,652

SM5

150,000-155,000

1,157

Permanent

Responsible for the Strategic direction of the Business Unit.

Director of Technology Services

120,000

Executive Band 3

100,000-105,000

-

Permanent

Provide leadership, direction, line management and financial control for ICT Services, ensuring we have the right infrastructure and tools across BCC and the County to enable high quality services to be delivered.   

Director of Operations

88,695

SM2

 

80,000-85,000

-

Permanent

Provide leadership, direction, line management and financial control for Shared Services Operations. Management and accountability for Customer services, Property, Finance, Corporate Business Support, Human Resources Operations and Payroll services.

Commercial Director

79,746

SM1

75,000- 80,000

592

Permanent

Accountable for the strategic and operational planning and delivery of the commercial service area targets and objectives. Develop commercial opportunities and partnership working both within and outside the council.

Director of Finance & Assets

121,164

SM4

120,000-125,000

-

Permanent

Holds the statutory post of  Section 151 Officer as the Chief Finance Officer and provides strategic financial leadership and direction across the Council

Head of People & Organisational Development

70,549

R12

65,000-70,000

-

Permanent

Responsible for the strategic management of People and Organisational Development across the council. 

 

Assistant Chief Executive's Service

 

Salary maximum

£

Grade

Salary (in £5,000 bands)

Non-Consolidated Performance pay July 2017

Temporary or Permanent

Responsibilities

Assistant Chief Executive

 

108,811

SM3B

101,00 -106,000

1,617

Permanent

Holds the statutory post of Monitoring Officer and provides strategic leadership for the Business Unit which includes Member services, Business Intelligence, Civic & Events, Complaints, and Strategy and Communications.

Senior Strategy & Policy Manager

63,680

R11

60,000-65,000

-

Permanent

To provide strategic support to the Assistant Chief Executive across a wide range of responsibilities, including providing analysis, research and project management support in relation to corporate priorities. To provide direct support to the Leader of the Council in relation to his role in representing Buckinghamshire in local, regional and national partnerships.

Corporate Governance Lawyer

70,549

R12

66,000- 71,000

454.00

Permanent

To act as Deputy Monitoring Officer and provide expert legal advice to the Council in relation to constitutional and governance issues

Head of Member Services

70,549

R12

60,000- 65,000

-

Permanent

Ensure open, transparent and accountable decision-making through delivery of integrated research, advice and support for the strategic and local roles of members. 

Head of Civic and Ceremonial Services

63,680

R11

60,000-65,000

-

Permanent

Ensure that the County Council successfully fulfils its civic leadership role.

Head of Insight and Business Improvement

70,549

R12

66,000- 71,000

778.00

Permanent

Lead a high quality business intelligence and insight function that delivers a professional business intelligence service to Business Units and uses insight to drive business improvement.
Head of Customer Experience & Communications  79,746 SM1 75,000-80,000  592.00 Permanent  Provide leadership and direction for the customer experience strategies and frameworks across BCC, Includes Communications, Media, Marketing, Events, Customer Insight and Customer Contact.
Head of Policy, South East Strategic Leaders  63,680 R11 60,000-65,000  - Fixed Term  Responsible for the overall management of the partnership including delivery of SESL's work programme, policy and influencing activities and communications.

  

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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.