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Senior management

1. Chairman of the Council

Portrait of Brian Roberts
Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council, Brian Roberts

 

Brian Roberts has taken the helm as the new Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council in what will be the council's final year of existence.

With the county and four district councils set to be dissolved in April 2020 to make way for the new unitary authority, Buckinghamshire Council, Brian will have the privilege of being the last official Buckinghamshire County Council Chairman.

Taking over at the Annual Meeting on Thursday 23 May from Netta Glover, Brian, who has spent the past year supporting Netta as Vice Chairman, is looking forward to his new role. He said:

"Becoming Chairman of Buckinghamshire County Council is a huge honour and a privilege, especially as my Chairmanship coincides with the final months of existence the County Council after 131 years."

In addition to looking forward to the start of the new authority, during his time in office Brian plans to ensure Buckinghamshire County Council's many achievements are celebrated and remembered. He said:

"During my chairmanship I plan to ensure it is a time of celebration to mark 131 years of consistent first class service to residents. I have a few ideas which I hope, by the final curtain in March 2020, will be remembered as a great way to bring an historic end to Buckinghamshire County Council."

 

Working in local government

Brian, whose working life has seen him vary careers from a vehicle mechanic to a marketing services manager to managing an employment agency specialising in the transport industry, became a County Councillor in 2009. Brian’s journey into local government started two years earlier as he served as both a District and Town Councillor from 2007. As a 'triple hatter' Brian says he gained great satisfaction from getting involved in his local community and helping to improve the local environment. In 2015 Brian gave up his District and Town seats to concentrate on his role as a county councillor.

As ward member for Aylesbury South East, Brian has also held many senior positions within the County Council. His most recent appointment has been as Chairman of the Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee, an area that he describes as hugely complex but also extremely interesting and challenging.

 

Charity support

Every year the chairman chooses a charity or charities to support and raise money for, Brian has chosen Parkinson's UK and Child Bereavement UK. Explaining his reasons for choosing the two charities, Brian said about Parkinson's UK:

"Amazing inroads have been made into bringing relief to sufferers of Parkinson's Disease. Having seen the impact of this disease close up because of family and friends' experiences, I feel if we have an opportunity to further the research then it would be very worthwhile."

He also spoke about Child Bereavement UK:

"Child Bereavement UK is also a wonderful charity that does a terrific job supporting families and children through some very difficult times. I would love to be able to help by raising funds so they can continue to help those who need it."

Dev Dhillon, division member for Cliveden, will take on the role of vice-chairman.

 

How to get in touch

If you would like to get in contact with the chairman about attending an event or organising a visit, please contact:

Chairman of the County Council
Buckinghamshire County Council
The Chairman’s Office
County Hall
Aylesbury
HP20 1UA

Email: bucksccevents@buckscc.gov.uk

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 July 2019

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 £17,000.

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

 

Executive Director Gillian Quinton

Communities, Health & Adult Social Care

Responsible for the strategic direction of the business unit, including the statutory role of Director of Adult Social Care.

Salary maximum

£

Grade Salary £ (in £5,000 bands) Non-Consolidated Performance pay July 2019 £ Temporary or Permanent
£163,052 SM5 CBP £160,000 to £164,999 £6,059 Permanent

 

Executive Director Tolis Vouyioukas

Children's Services

Responsible for the strategic direction of the business unit, including the statutory role of Director of Children's Services.

Salary maximum

£

Grade Salary £ (in £5,000 bands) Non-Consolidated Performance pay July 2019 £ Temporary or Permanent

Spot salary

Executive Pay Range £155,000 to £159,999

£6,000

Permanent

 

Executive Director Neil Gibson

Transport, Economy & Environment

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 to £115,000.

Salary maximum

£

Grade Salary £ (in £5,000 bands) Non-Consolidated Performance pay July 2019 £ Temporary or Permanent

£163,052

SM5 £160,000 to £164,999 £4,241 Permanent

 

Executive Director Sarah Ashmead

Resources

Responsible for the strategic direction of the business unit.

Salary maximum

£

Grade Salary £ (in £5,000 bands) Non-Consolidated Performance pay July 2019 £ Temporary or Permanent

Spot salary

Executive Pay Range £145,000 to £149,999 £12,000

Permanent

Statement of Accounts 2018-19 

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. We meet this obligation by maintaining and regularly updating both this page and the documents below, broken down by business area.

  

Downloads

Current year

Executive expenses 2018-19
Senior team structure - Children's Services 2019
Senior team structure - Resources and ACES 2019
Senior team structure - Communities, Health and Adult Social Care (CHASC) 2019
Senior team structure - Transport, Economy and Environment (TEE) 2019

Previous years

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
Executive expenses 2017-18
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 (2015)

Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017: Data March 2019

 

1.Trade Union Facilities Time for Services

Buckinghamshire County Council recognises AEP, UNISON and Prospect. There were a total of 12 Trade Union Representatives during this period, 9 UNISON representatives and 3 AEP Representative.

Prospect have no local representative. Only 1 Representative (UNISON) spends more than 50% of their time on trade union duties.

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 actual salaries (including pension and NI) the estimated spend on TU facilities time is a total of £48,534 per annum.

Percentage of time Number of employees
0% 8
1 to 50% 3
51 to 99% 1
100% 0

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

2.47% 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, NASUWT, ASCL and NAHT. There are a total of 4 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.

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 £29,716 per annum.

Percentage of time Number of employees
0% 2
1 to 50% 1
51 to 99% 0
100% 0

As a percentage of the total paybill for the Education Sector (who buy BCC payroll), this equates to 0.02% 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.

6. Pay Policy Statement

Our Pay Policy Statement sets out Buckinghamshire County Council's policies relating to the pay of its corporate service workforce for the year 2018-19.