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Chief Executive, Deputy Chief Executives

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 make up a group called the Corporate Management Team (CMT). This team also includes Senior Legal, Finance, HR & Public Health 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

Alison Griffin joined the council as our new Chief Executive and Town Clerk on Monday 3rd July 2017 and is the council's Head of Paid Service.

Alison Griffin was formerly 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 says “I am delighted to be appointed as the new Chief Executive and Town Clerk of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council. I am very excited about the challenge of taking the Council on the next stage of its journey and working with all of the staff, councillors, partners, local residents and businesses”.

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.
  • Since September 2017 the council's Public Health function & responsibilites now fall within this department.

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.

Salary and Expenses

The council's chief officer pay structure consists of 3 senior management grades as follows;

  • SMG1 (Chief Executive) £150,270
  • SMG2 (Deputy Chief Executives) £117,658
  • SMG3 (Directors) £87,870

These are spot salaries and reflect the 'rate for the job'. However there is the facility to recruit to these posts on a 'development rate' for the first 12 months to allow the candidate to grow into the full role. This rate is calculated at 90% of the 'rate for the job'.

The Chief Executive & Deputy Chief Executives are entitled to 37 days annual leave. They are entitled to be members of the Local Government Pension Scheme and pay 11.4% of their salary into this scheme. The council makes an employer contribution of 21.9% into the scheme.

Page last updated: 22/06/2018