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Chief Executive

Information about our Chief Executive, his role and expenses

Our Chief Executive

Ray Harding is our current Chief Executive. He was appointed on 16 March 2005.  

As Chief Executive he is the principal policy adviser to the 62 borough councillors. And the statutory head of paid service. He is accountable for our budget, as well as the work of all employees who deliver a wide range of services to the community.

It's a full time, permanent position, which requires the approval of the full council following recommendation by a cross party appointments panel. The hours of work are whatever is necessary to ensure the job gets done. This includes out of hours work in the evenings and at weekends, and being on call for emergency situations, twenty four hours a day and seven days a week. No extra payments are made for working such extended hours.

Whilst employed as the Chief Executive, Ray is unable to undertake any other paid employment.

The post of Chief Executive is subject to a formal annual appraisal and review by the Leader of the Council on behalf of all 62 borough councillors to whom the post holder is accountable.

The Chief Executive receives a salary with no supplementary income or bonuses. You can find details of his salary and expenses on our transparency page. The post holder is entitled to 27 days annual leave.

Ray pays 7.5% of his salary into the Local Government Pension scheme. We make an employer's contribution of 16.4% into the scheme.

The post holder is able to reclaim a range of legitimate business expenses, including business travel. Evidence of the expense and the reason why it was incurred must be provided before reimbursement is made. Ray Harding's expenses sheets can be viewed at the bottom of this page.

Where amounts are listed for the cost of providing individuals with a meal, they do not include the price of beverages including alcohol. The costs of any such beverages are paid for by the Chief Executive himself and not by us. Expenses incurred by the Chief Executive are set out in a month-by-month format.