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Chief Executive

The role of the 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.

The current post-holder is an ‘Acting’ appointment, that has also been through the recommendation process stated.

Mark Stephens

The current Chief Executive, Mark Stephens, was appointed in June 2021.

Mark 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 £370 million and the work of approximately 2,500 employees who deliver a wide range of services to the community.

He is ‘on call’, particularly to cover civil contingency and emergency management requirements. 

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

Pay policy

Details of the Chief Executive’s pay are set out in the Council’s Pay Policy (PDF)