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Corporate leadership team

Our Corporate Leadership Team of Chief Officers and Senior Managers meets on a weekly basis to develop policy issues commensurate with the Council's aims, objectives and priorities and to discuss key issues.

The Corporate Leadership Team, led by the Chief Executive, also considers other internal control issues, including risk management, performance management, compliance, efficiency and value for money, and financial management.

Paul Wilson, Corporate DirectorPaul Wilson, Chief Executive, is Head of Paid Service and has overall responsibility for all Services and areas of work.

The Chief Executive advises Members on policy at a strategic level and ensures their decisions are converted into action.

He is the key link between Members and Officers, taking responsibility for organisational development, major strategic partnerships, governance and resources, together with supporting front line services. 

Paul ensures the Council is fit for purpose and gives line management support to Service Directors, supporting:

  • Director of Resources and S151 Officer
  • Director of Corporate & Customer Services and Monitoring Officer
  • Director of Regeneration and Policy
  • Director of Community & Environmental Services
  • Director of Regulatory Services
  • Director of Housing Services
  • The Human Resources Manager also reports directly to the Chief Executive.

Service Directors

Service Directors are the operational leads for their areas and take full responsibility for delivery of their services. The Chief Executive offers personal support and advice to the Service Directors and with them develops policy areas and the direction of travel for their service areas.


Karen Henriksen, Head of ResourcesKaren Henriksen
is Director of Resources and has statutory duties as the Council's appointed Chief Financial (Section 151) Officer. Her responsibilities include: Accountancy & Exchequer, Audit, Council Tax and Non-Domestic Rates/Benefits (outsourced to Chesterfield Borough Council), Estates & Facilities, ICT, Risk Management, Data Protection.

James McLaughlin is Director of Corporate & Customer Services and Monitoring Officer. His responsibilities include: Administration, Committee Services, Communications, Customer Services, Elections, Land Charges, Legal, Reprographics.

Tim Braund, Head of Regulatory ServicesTim Braund is Director of Regulatory Services. His responsibilities include:  Arboriculture & Landscape, Building Control, Conservation & Design, Development Control, Environmental Health, Licensing.


Steve Capes, Head of Regeneration & PolicySteve Capes is Director of Regeneration & Policy. His responsibilities include: Corporate Plan, Economic Development, Equalities, Partnerships (LSP, Business Peak District etc), Performance, Planning Policy, Public Consultation, Tourism, Transformation.

Rob Cogings, Head of HousingRob Cogings is Director of Housing. His responsibilities include: Home Options, Homelessness, Housing, Strategic Housing.


Ashley Watts, Head of Community Development

Ashley Watts is Director of Community & Environmental Services. His responsibilities include: Arts, Community Safety, Enabling Community Delivery, Events, Leisure, Markets, Matlock Bath Illuminations, Sports Development, Agricultural Business Centre Operations, Car Park Operations, Cemeteries, Countryside Management, Enviro Crime, Parks & Streetscene, Pest Control, Public Conveniences, Transport Operations, Waste & recycling.