Wealden District Council
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Council Service Structure

The Corporate Management Team

The Council’s operations are structured under the Chief Executive and three Directorates with shared responsibilities. The main responsibilities of the Chief Executive and each Directorate are as follows:

Chief Executive (Head of Paid Service) | Trevor Scott

  • Finance
  • HR and Organisational Development

Corporate Director – Place | Chris Bending

  • Planning and Environmental Services
  • Climate Change, Planning Policy and Economic Development
  • Environmental Health

Corporate Director – Director of Community | David Plank

  • Customer, Digital and Revenue & Benefit Services
  • Housing and Property Services
  • Waste, Assets and Crematorium

Corporate Director – Governance and Projects | Kristina Shaw-Hamilton

  • Legal, Democratic Services and Information Governance
  • Strategic Projects

Under the Directorate of the Chief Executive

Laurence Woolven – Head of Financial Services (Section 151 Officer)

  • Audit and Investigations
  • Strategic Finance
  • Accountability and Treasury Management
  • Procurement and Commissioning

Sarah Garner – Head of People and Organisational Development

  • Elections
  • Equalities
  • Human Resources
  • Payroll
  • Emergency Planning
  • Corporate Plan and Policy
  • Public Relations
  • Community Leadership
  • Performance Management

Under the Directorate of Community Services are:

Liane Tew – Head of Customer, Digital and Revenues & Benefit Services

  • Customer Contact Centre
  • ICT
  • Digital Policy
  • Benefits administration

Gemma Forshaw – Head of Housing Services

  • Housing Services
  • Housing Property and Private Housing
  • Housing Options and Allocations
  • Affordable Housing Development
  • Housing Policy

Chris Bone – Head of Waste, Assets and the Crematorium

  • Waste and Recycling Management
  • Street Scene
  • Strategic Asset Management
  • Crematorium
  • Facilities Management and Car Parking

Under the Directorate of Place

Stacey Robins – Head of Planning & Environmental Services

  • Building Control
  • Conservation and Enforcement
  • Development Management
  • Environmental Protection
  • Land Charges

Nichola Watters – Head of Planning Policy, Economy and Climate Change

  • Planning Policy
  • Economic Development and Wellbeing
  • Climate Change

Richard Parker-Harding – Head of Environmental Health (shared with Rother District Council)

  • Public Health
  • Licensing
  • Pollution Control

Under the Directorate of Governance and Projects are:

Clare McGough – Head of Legal and Governance Services (Solicitor to the Council, Monitoring Officer and Data Protection Officer)

  • Legal
  • Democratic
  • Data Protection / GDPR
  • Information Governance
  • Customer Complaints

Assistant Head of Service (Strategic Projects) – Cathy Nelson

  • Hailsham Aspires
  • Commercial Strategy and New Income Generation