Council departments

Since May 2002 the council has been led by a directly elected Liberal Democrat Mayor, Dorothy Thornhill MBE, now in her third term of office following the town's third mayoral election in May 2010. The next mayoral election will be in Spring 2014.

Town Hall

How we are structured

The council's Head of Paid Services is its Managing Director – Manny Lewis.

The Managing Director is supported by the council’s Leadership Team which is accountable for officer decisions and performance, and is strategic in focus.

The Leadership Team is a decision making forum for key strategies (before they go to Cabinet) and key operational issues - particularly where more than one Service needs an input. It is a forum to foster corporate working, innovation, sharing ideas and learning. The team is a reporting point for task group reports and a vehicle for planning and coordination. They also oversee performance management of the Council, including tracking of major projects and the corporate work programme.

The Leadership Team is made up of the Managing Director plus Heads of Services for:

Service Head
Corporate Strategy & Client Services Lesley Palumbo
Community & Customer Services Alan Gough
Regeneration & Development Jane Custance
Democracy & Governance Carol Chen
Finance Joanne Wagstaffe
Human Resources Cathy Watson
Revenues & Benefits Vacant post

You can view the full council structure here.

In addition the council has a Corporate Management Board (CMB).

The Board manages the political interface with senior elected Members and communicates political priorities to the Leadership Team. They make final decisions where there is no consensus in the Leadership Team.

The Leadership Team is a decision making forum for key strategies (before they go to Cabinet) and key operational issues - particularly where more than one Service needs an input. It is a forum to foster corporate working, innovation, sharing ideas and learning. The team is a reporting point for task group reports and a vehicle for planning and coordination. They also oversee performance management of the Council, including tracking of major projects and the corporate work programme.

The Mayor and her Cabinet are responsible for the following areas:

Cabinet member Portfolio
Mayor Dorothy Thornhill

Responsibilities: Strategic partnerships, external relationships and community safety

Councillor Derek Scudder Responsibilities: Deputy Mayor, Corporate Strategy & Client Services 
Councillor Iain Sharpe Responsibilities: Regeneration & Development 
Councillor Mark Watkin Responsibilities: Democracy & Governance
Councillor Keith Crout Community & Customer Services

 

 

For more information

strategicservices@watford.gov.uk

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