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Anthony May: Chief Executive

Responsibilities Anthony May, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council.

Anthony was appointed to the post of Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council in April 2015.

Formerly the Corporate Director for Children, Families and Cultural Services, and Deputy Chief Executive, Anthony has substantial experience in delivering strategic improvements to meet local and national priorities.

As Chief Executive, Anthony is the Head of Paid Service and has overall responsibility for the Council's £1.2 billion budget and around 18,000 employees who work directly or indirectly for the Council.

The Chief Executive is ultimately responsible for the provision and performance of around 440 statutory and discretionary services to 796,200 people across Nottinghamshire including the vital range of services for children, public protection, social care and highways as well as many discretionary services relating to the social, environmental, and economic well-being of the area. 

The Chief Executive's role has expanded to include responsibility for Public Health, leading the Better Care integration with Health and supporting the Local Enterprise Partnership. 

Closer collaboration is also being developed with the City, District and Borough Councils, Police, Fire and Rescue, Prison service and many other statutory and non-statutory organisations. All this happens in the context of local democracy, increasing demand and providing greater transparency.

The Chief Executive also has legal responsibilities as the Returning Officer for County Council elections. He is also the senior member of the Council's ‘Gold command’ response to civil emergencies and incidents. The Chief Executive holds the official role of Clerk to the Lord Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace.


Anthony was responsible for a major programme of work to reassess the role of local government services in the light of ongoing Government funding reductions, legislative changes, increased inspection scrutiny and rising demand for services. This programme, known as 'Redefining Your Council' has become the County Council's blueprint for the future of its services across Nottinghamshire. 

In his role as Corporate Director for Children, Families and Cultural Services, Anthony tackled many challenging issues and led the department through an era of significant change and transformation.

Anthony has been influential in ensuring that our children and young people are kept safe from harm and neglect. In children’s social care the trend in recent years has shown an increase in the number of children on child protection plans whilst the number of looked after children - children cared for by the state - has nearly doubled since 2008. During this period over £30m was invested to alleviate pressure on frontline social workers and ensure vulnerable children were protected. 

Anthony has also led the modernisation of Nottinghamshire’s early help services. Access and understanding of these services has improved and closer integration with social care means that children and young people are getting support earlier so that situations are not left to deteriorate.

Anthony has also sought to champion the needs of young people in a changing educational landscape. The emergence of academies and free schools has required the authority to adapt its relationship with educational institutes whilst not losing sight of supporting the health, well-being and achievement of all children and young people. The department’s support to schools has paid dividends with the summer 2014 results showing 58% of young people achieving 5 A*-C grades, including English and Maths. At the time this was 4.6% above the national average. 

Anthony has also been key to maintaining high quality, sustainable and varied cultural services across Nottinghamshire. From gaining significant investment into the National Water Sports Centre to retaining one of the most comprehensive library networks in the country (60 Libraries), Anthony has helped secure the long term future for these services.


Anthony grew up in Dorset and attended The Thomas Hardye Grammar School in Dorchester. After leaving school Anthony joined Dorset County Council and undertook a variety of roles in the Education Department. When he left Dorset, Anthony was Head of the Youth and Community Service.

Anthony gained a Masters’ in Business Administration from Bournemouth University and joined Nottinghamshire County Council in June 2004 as Assistant Director for the Young People’s Division.  Anthony has recently completed a post-graduate qualification in Executive Coaching.

In December 2007, Anthony was appointed as acting Director with a specific responsibility to create the Children and Young People’s department in response to the Children’s Act. Anthony’s success in this role led to his formal appointment as Director of the department in September 2008 and has subsequently led to Anthony assuming the role of Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council.

Salary and pension

The Council’s highest paid employee is the Chief Executive who is paid a fixed salary of £170,000.

The overall remuneration package includes a basic salary as well as the amount the Council has to contribute to the pension of Local Government Pension Scheme members. Those Chief Officers who are members of the LGPS and earn over £150,000 pa contribute 12.5%of their salary to their membership of the scheme. The Employers contribution to the pension of all employees at all levels is currently 19.2%. All Chief Officers are paid on a fixed salary.

Senior managers are expected to be on call at all times including weekends. Nottinghamshire County Council does not at this time provide any benefits that an equivalent senior manager in the private sector might receive in addition to the basic salary - for example performance-related bonuses, private health care or company cars.

Period Total Salary Employer pension contributions at 19.2% 
April 2015 - March 2016  £170,000 £32,640


Expenses claimed

All expenses are paid to employees in the course of carrying out duties in line with the Council's Travel and Accommodation Policy which is part of the nationally agreed terms and conditions of service and detailed in part six of the Council's Constitution, on pages 6-73 to 6-78. These conditions are supplemented by the Council's local conditions laid down in the Policy on the Payment of Travelling Allowances and Policy on the Payment of Subsistence Allowances, as set out in Appendices 11 and 12 of the Pay Policy Statement.

Expenses paid are liable to tax.

January to December 2016

Month Accommodation costs Business mileage Other expenses (inc. car, parking, train fares) Total
January       £0.00
February    £410.40  £73.20 £483.60
March  £237.60     £237.60
April   £209.70 £178.00 £387.70

January to December 2015

Month Accommodation costs  Business mileage  Other expenses (inc. car, parking, train fares) Total 
January  £79.17     £79.17
February       £0.00
March £375.00     £375.00
April   £670.50 £19.00 £689.50
May     £888.64 £888.64
June     £114.50 £114.50
July   £310.05 £66.00 £376.05
August      £144.00 £144.00
September       £0.00
October   £450.00 £202.50 £652.50
November       £0.00
December    £405.90 £10.50  £41640
Total £454.17 £1,836.45 £1,445.14 £3,319.36

January to December 2014

Month  Accommodation costs 

Business mileage 

Other expenses (inc. car, parking, train fares) Total
April   £345.15 £9.50 £354.65
May £100.75     £100.75 
August  £216.00     £216.00
October    £369.45 £82.00 £451.45 
December    £193.50   £193.50
Total £316.75 £908.10 £91.50 £1,316.35 

January to December 2013

Month  Accommodation costs  Business mileage  Other expenses (inc. car, parking, train fares) Total
January  £89.00   £257.20 £346.20 
March   £630.90   £630.90
April     £155.00 £155.00
June     £155.00 £155.00
August    £149.40 £28.50 £177.90
September  £284.81 £408.60 £414.00 £1,107
October      £149.00 £149.00
November      £240.00 £240.00
December    £566.55 £66.10 £632.65
Total  £373.81 £1,755.45 £1,465.80 £3,594.06

January to December 2012

Month  Accommodation costs  Business mileage  Other expenses (inc. car, parking, train fares)    Total 
February      £304.00 £304.00 
March     £157.40 £157.40
April     £354.50 £354.50
May      £135.00 £135.00
June      £644.00 £644.00
October    £685.80 £200.50 £886.30
December      £155.00 £155.00
Total £0.00 £685.80 £1,950.40 £2,636.00

January to December 2011

Month  Accommodation costs  Business mileage  Other expenses (inc. car, parking, train fares)    Total 
April    £300.40   £300.40 
November    £455.85 £145.50 £601.35
December    £156.15 £145.50 £301.65 
Total £0.00 £912.40 £291.00 £1,203.40 

January to December 2010

Month  Accommodation costs  Business mileage  Other expenses (inc. car, parking, train fares)   Total 
January  £92.00     £92.00
February    £110.66   £110.66
March    £76.66   £76.66
April    £50.40   £50.40
May    £70.40   £70.40
June    £118.00   £118.00 
July  £85.96 £93.20 £138.00 (train fare)  £317.16
September    £128.00    £128.00
October    £35.20 £147.40 (train fare)  £182.60
November    £91.20   £91.20
Total  £177.96 £777.52 £285.40 £1,240.88 


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