Senior officers

Head of Paid Service

Jackie Yates – Interim Chief Executive

(Substantive role is Deputy Chief Executive)

Overall management to staff and for advising Councillors on how the authority should discharge the Council’s functions and the number, organisation and grading of employees required to achieve this.

Grade: Chief Executive

Salary:  £169,266

Reporting to the Chief Executive

Frances Martin – Executive Director of Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services

Lead for all services within the directorate which include:

  • Regeneration and Assets
  • Direct Services
  • Housing and Communities
  • Culture
  • Planning, Transport and Regulatory Services
  • Infrastructure, Economy and Growth
  • Climate Strategy

Grade: CDIR + MS

Salary:  £115,054 – £139,976

Seona Douglas – Executive Director of Social Care and Health

Statutory Director of Adult Social Services (DASS)

Lead for all services within the directorate which include:

  • Adult Care Services
  • Safeguarding, Quality and Performance
  • Wellbeing and Public Health for Reading

Grade: CDIR + MS

Salary:  £115,344 – £140,266

Vacant – Interim Executive Director of Resources

Lead for all services within the directorate which include:

  • HR and OD
  • Finance
  • Legal and Democratic Services
  • Procurement and Contracts
  • Corporate Improvement and Customer Services
  • ICT and Digital

Grade: CDIR + MS

Salary:  £115,054 – £139,976

Brian Grady – Interim Executive Director of Children’s Services, Education and Early Help

Director of Education for BFfC and Interim DCS until 31 December 2022 (20% for RBC, seconded to Brighter Futures for Children for 80% of time)

  • Statutory Director of Children’s Services (DCS)
  • Children’s Social Care
  • Education
  • Early Help and Prevention
  • Quality & Improvement

Grade: CDIR + MS

Salary:  £115,054 – £139,976

Tracy Daszkiewicz – Director of Public Health for Berkshire West

(Berkshire West covers Reading, West Berkshire and, Wokingham councils)

  • Lead for public health across Berkshire West
  • Deliver improvements in the health and wellbeing of residents
  • Reduce inequalities in health outcomes
  • Protect local communities from threats to their health through infectious diseases, environmental and other public health hazards.

Grade: CDIR

Salary: £102,344 – £127,266

Louisa Dean – Interim Head of Communications and Marketing

  • External and, internal communications
  • Digital design
  • Events and civic engagements
  • Berkshire Lieutenancy Office
  • Marketing

Grade: RSMB

Salary: £73,891 – £86,575

Reporting to the Interim Director of Resources (vacant)

Shella Smith – Assistant Director HR and Organisational Development

  • H&S for staff & public
  • Payroll & Pensions
  • Resourcing/ recruitment
  • HR advice & support
  • OD & Workforce Development
  • Staff Nursery
  • Emergency planning and risk management

(80% for RBC, seconded to Brighter Futures for Children for 20% of time)

Grade: RSMA

Salary: £83,755 – £97,838

Darren Carter – Director of Finance

(Section 151 Officer)

  • Accountancy – Analysts
  • Accountancy – Systems
  • Accountancy – Technical •Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Business Partnering
  • Revenues and Benefits
  • Internal Audit
  • Fraud and investigation

Grade: RSMA + MS

Salary:  £107,755 – £121,838

Michael Graham – Assistant Director of Legal and Democratic Services

(Monitoring Officer)

  • Legal Services
  • Joint Legal Team
  • Democratic Services
  • Electoral Services
  • Information Governance

Grade: RSMA

Salary £83,755 – £97,838

Henry Swan – Interim Assistant Director Procurement and Contracts

  • Procurement
  • Contract Management
  • BFfC Contract oversight
  • Finance system new/ amended supplier requests

Grade: RSMA •Salary £83,755 – £97,838

Isabel Edgar – Assistant Director Corporate Improvement and Customer Services

  • Call Centre & Customer Hub
  • Delivery Unit
  • Corporate Improvement
  • Customer Relations
  • Policy & Performance
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Registration & Bereavement
  • Services

Grade: RSMA •Salary £83,755 – £97,838

Martin Chalmers – Chief Digital and Information Officer

  • ICT operations
  • Business partnerships and applications
  • ICT programme
  • Client management
  • Website
  • Digitalisation programme

Grade: RSMA

Salary: £83,755 – £97,838

Reporting to Frances Martin – Executive Director of Economic Growth and Neighbourhood Services

Andy Edwards – Assistant Director of Environmental and Commercial Services

  • Street Care Services
  • Neighbourhood Services
  • Business Development
  • Refuse Collection
  • Parks and Open Spaces
  • Highways
  • RE3 Waste Services
  • Housing Property Services

Grade: RSMA

Salary: £83,755 – £97,838

Zelda Wolfle – Assistant Director of Housing and Neighbourhood Services

  • Housing Operations
  • Community Safety and Enablement
  • Strategic Housing and Development
  • Homes for Reading

Grade: RSMA

Salary: £83,755 – £97,838

James Crosbie – Assistant Director Planning, Transport and Public Protection

  • Planning
  • Regulatory Services
  • Transport

Grade: RSMA

Salary: £83,755 – £97,838

Charan Dhillon – Assistant Director of Property and Asset Management

  • Assets
  • Property Development
  • Sustainability
  • Corporate Property Services
  • Education Assets

Grade: RSMA

Salary: £83,755 – £97,838

Donna Pentelow – Assistant Director of Culture

  • Library Services
  • Cultural Services
  • Leisure and Recreation
  • New Directions

Grade: RSMA

Salary: £83,755 – £97,838

Emma Gee – Deputy Director of Infrastructure, Economy and Capital Projects

  • Infrastructure, economic growth and capital projects
  • Co-ordination of the Directorate’s input to the democratic processes, developing and implementing strategies and processes
  • Deputise for Executive Director

Grade: RSMA + MS

Salary: £94,255 – £108,338

Reporting to Seona Douglas – Executive Director of Social Care and Health

Sunny Mehmi – Assistant Director Adult Social Care

Adult Social Care Operational Services

Grade: RSMA

Salary: £83,755 – £97,838

Melissa Wise – Deputy Director of Commissioning and Transformation

  • BCF Project Manager (jointly with HoS)
  • ASC Transformation PMO
  • Matrix management oversight across the directorate

Grade: RSMA + MS

Salary: £97.363 – £111,446

Becky Pollard – Interim Consultant in Public Health

  • Advise on public health issues and improvement
  • Lead /influence development of strategic plans to improve health and wellbeing of residents Influence commissioning aspirations across Reading

Grade: RSMB + MS

Salary: £78,891 – £91,575

Joanne Lappin – Assistant Director of Safeguarding, Quality and Performance

  • Strategic and operational Safeguarding
  • Data Performance
  • Quality
  • Approved Mental Health Practitioner’s (AMHP)
  • Forensic services
  • Deputies
  • Principal Social Worker

Grade: RSMA

Salary: £83,755 – £97,838

Contact details

Tel: Contact Centre 0118 937 3787

Address: Civic Offices, Bridge Street, Reading, RG1 2LU