Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executives and Director of Public Health

We are fully committed to being up-front, open and transparent about the individual roles and salaries of our senior leadership team, including the Chief Executive.

In this section, you will find out more about the Chief Executive and the Departments that make up Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

Corporate Management Team

Our Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executives and Director of Public Health make up a group called the Corporate Management Team (CMT). This team also includes Senior Legal, Finance & HR representatives.

This team is the main officer decision making body and works alongside and for the Councillors you elect to run the key public services of Southend including schools, roads, tourism and regeneration, waste and recycling collections, care for older people, libraries and parks.

The CMT meets fortnightly and is responsible, amongst other things, for:

  • Managerial leadership and direction of the council;
  • Providing the formal response to Cabinet policy direction and the development of corporate policy and initiatives for Cabinet consideration;
  • Co-ordination and commissioning of council-wide activity, planning, programme management;
  • As part of our complex organisation, the chief executive and senior officers are collectively responsible for a budget of £433 million, a staff of approximately 5000 (including schools) and for the delivery of hundreds of services in Southend.

Chief Executive and Town Clerk

Full Council approved the appointment of Alison Griffin as our new Chief Executive and Town Clerk on Tuesday 21st March 2017.

Alison Griffin is currently Director of Finance and Corporate Services at the London Borough of Bexley, having previously been Assistant Director for Communities at the London Borough of Camden from May 2010 to August 2013 and then Deputy Director of Finance at the same authority until September 2014. 

Alison said: “I am delighted to be appointed as the new Chief Executive and Town Clerk of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, and to receive approval from Full Council.

“I am very excited about the challenge of taking the Council on the next stage of its journey and am looking forward to meeting all of the staff, councillors, partners, local residents and businesses when I start later in the year.”

Acting up arrangements will be shared between the two Deputy Chief Executives and are now in place until the new Chief Executive takes up her post. The start date for Alison is still to be agreed but we anticipate that it will be towards the end of June or early July

In the interim, our Deputy Chief Executives Simon Leftley and Andy Lewis will each act up into the Chief Executive role for an equal amount of time.

Simon Leftley will be the Acting Chief Executive with effect from 1st April, followed by Andy Lewis until Alison arrives in the Summer. We expect they will both be acting up for approximately 6 weeks each, but the precise timings will depend on Alison’s start date.

The Council has three departments:

  • Department for Place
  • Department for People
  • Chief Executives Department

Simon Leftley – Deputy Chief Executive

  • Simon Leftley is the Deputy Chief Executive (People). This comprises two statutory roles of Director of Children’s Services and Director of Adult Services and is responsible for a wide range of legally specified services.
  • The department seeks to support older people and vulnerable adults to live safely, healthily, independently and in good quality housing. The department works in partnership with local health and housing organisations to achieve its aims. It provides and commissions a range of services to support those in need.
  • Services include residential and supported housing accommodation, disabled facility grants and home adaptations, home care, occupational therapy and rehabilitation, support for the homeless, community services for people with impairments and for adults with learning disabilities or mental health needs, and a range of activities aimed at improving the standard of private rented accommodation.
  • The department manages all services related to the well-being of children and young people in Southend, from birth to the age of 19 and beyond. These include childcare and learning for the early years, co-ordination of school admissions, school improvement, Youth and Connexions and the Adult and Community College.
  • Working in partnership with children’s health services, the department also offers preventative services, including safeguarding, youth offending services, supporting attendance and the inclusion of children at school, and children with special educational needs. The department also provides a full range of children’s specialist social care services including fostering and adoption.
  • The department is a key player in Southend Children’s Partnership, which is made up of local agencies working together to create a better future for young people in the borough.

Andy Lewis – Deputy Chief Executive

Andy is responsible for a wide range of services covering planning and transport, public protection, economic regeneration, tourism and culture. His department covers:

  • Planning Applications;
  • Building Control;
  • Traffic Management;
  • Highways;
  • Car Parks;
  • Coastal defences, the Pier, foreshore and beaches;
  • Trading Standards;
  • Licensing;
  • Repair and maintenance of Council owned property (excluding housing);
  • Estate Management, design of new buildings and contract management;
  • Waste Management, recycling and street cleaning;
  • Environmental enforcement, pest control, food hygiene legislation and animal welfare;
  • Tourism and promotions, parks, leisure centres, swimming pools, libraries, museums and arts services;
  • Community safety and CCTV;
  • Regeneration, enterprise and economic development, and responsibility for delivering the major regeneration schemes and the transport highways capital programme.

Andrea Atherton – Director of Public Health

Andrea Atherton is the Director of Public Health. Andrea is responsible for the public health functions that transferred to the Council from the NHS on 1st April 2013. These include a number of mandated functions:

  • Sexual Health – commissioning testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections (excluding HIV treatment) and sexual health advice, prevention and promotion;
  • NHS Health Checks;
  • National Child Measurement programme;
  • Health protection and assurance – ensuring plans are in place to protect the health of the borough, a supporting role in infectious disease surveillance and control and a role in emergency preparedness and response;
  • Providing population health advice, information and expertise to Southend Clinical Commissioning Group to support them in commissioning health services that improve population health and reduce inequalities.

The public health team also works across a number of key areas of health promotion and improvement for the Southend population. Many of the services are commissioned from third parties, including the statutory, voluntary and private sector.

These areas of responsibility include:

  • Obesity and weight reduction services and community nutrition initiatives;
  • Increasing levels of physical activity in the local population;
  • Tobacco control;
  • Public mental wellbeing;
  • Dental public health;
  • Accidental injury prevention including falls prevention;
  • Health awareness to reduce and prevent birth defects;
  • Behavioural and lifestyle campaigns and interventions to prevent cancer and long term conditions;
  • Workplace health;
  • Preventing excess winter deaths;
  • Public health services for children aged 5 – 19 including health promotion, the school nursing service and the Healthy Child Programme – and in the longer term all public health services for children and young people;
  • Local initiatives to tackle social exclusion.

The department also hosts the South East Essex Stop Smoking Service.

Salary and Expenses

  • Deputy Chief Executive's salary range is £101,920 - £117,658. Subject to their annual performance appraisal, the Deputy Chief Executives can earn additional performance related pay. This was introduced in 2007 and has replaced any other form of pay increases. However, in light of the current financial climate all payments under this scheme have been voluntarily suspended since 2010. Each current Deputy Chief is entitled to 37 days annual leave.
  • Each Deputy Chief pays 11.4% of their salary into the Local Government Pension scheme. The Council makes an employer’s contribution of 21.9% into the scheme; this means employees contribute to the scheme from their own salary.
The Director of Public Health, Andrea Atherton, became a Council employee on the 1st April 2013 when the responsibility for public health moved to the Council from the NHS.
In accordance with employment legislation she retains her NHS terms and conditions including her pay. 

For further details on current senior employees salaries, please see our download below.

Page last updated: 08/06/2017