Chief Executive

Penny James was appointed Chief Executive of Taunton Deane Borough Council in 2003. In October 2013 she took up the post of heading up both Taunton Deane and West Somerset Councils.

Before 2003 she was Taunton Deane’s Director of Community Services. Penny has extensive experience in most areas of local government, and has completed several leadership programmes.

As Chief Executive, she leads delivery of the corporate management and operational responsibilities of the Councils, and her statutory obligations are Head of Paid Service, Returning Officer and Electoral Registration Officer.

Key responsibilities

Statutory responsibilities include:

Post details

Grade: Chief Executive

Contract type: Permanent

Salary: £110 000 spot salary

Contact details

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Phone: 01823 356401 or 01984 635246