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Chief Executive

Chief Executive

The Chief Executive Philip Simpkins was appointed in June 2009. As Chief Executive Philip is the Council’s principal policy advisor to its directly elected Mayor and 40 Councillors. As the statutory Head of Paid Service he is accountable for a budget of £370m and the work of approximately 2500 employees who deliver a wide range of services to the community.

The role of Chief Executive is a permanent appointment which requires the approval of Full Council following the recommendation of a candidate for the role by the cross party  Appointments Sub Committee. Whilst employed as the Chief Executive, Philip is required to devote his whole time service to the Council. As Chief Executive he is expected to work such hours as required to get the job done. This routinely involves working evenings and weekends as well as the standard Monday to Friday business week. He is ‘on call’ at all other times, particularly to cover civil contingency and emergency management requirements.  Details of Philip’s pay are set out in the Council’s Pay Policy.

Philip is also the appointed Returning Officer for National and Local elections for which he receives the appropriate fees.

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