David Pearson: Corporate Director, Adult Social Care, Health and Public Protection and Deputy Chief Executive

ResponsibilitiesDavid Pearson: Corporate Director, Adult Social Care, Health and Public Protection at Nottinghamshire County Council

As Director of Adult Social Care, Health and Public Protection, David is responsible for a gross budget of £335.9 million. Last year the department received over 100,000 enquiries and just over 150,000 people were supported by services provided through Adult Social Care and Public Health.

The department works with over 300 care providers, and approximately 74% of the adult social care budget is spent on commissioned support. The care providers are drawn from the voluntary, statutory and independent sectors.

David has responsibility for the Council’s Emergency Planning, Registration, Trading Standards and Community Safety Services, and for Public Health. David is also the Deputy Chief Executive of the Council.

From April 2014 to April 2015 David was the President of the Association of Directors of Social Services (ADASS). In this national role David led the organisation in work with Ministers, government departments and other national organisations and partners on areas including the financial sustainability of adult social care, implementation of the Care Act, integration with health, Transforming care for adults with learning disabilities, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and developing the social care workforce. David was chair of the national performance board for adult social care and a member of the Cabinet Committee on winter pressures, chaired by the Secretary of State for Health. 

During the period of his presidency David continued in his statutory role as Corporate Director in Nottinghamshire, with support from a temporary Deputy Director and the Senior Leadership Team. David continues to be involved in national policy development and arrangements as part of the ADASS President’s team and chairs a health and social care integration taskforce on behalf of ADASS.

In May 2016 David was appointed as the lead officer for the development of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Nottinghamshire, which includes the city of Nottingham. The plan will focus on improving the health and wellbeing of residents in the county and is intended to ensure that health and social care services are planned by place rather than solely around individual organisations. It involves a wide range of health and local authority organisations from across the county. 


During the time of David’s leadership, the department secured an 'excellent' rating from the Care Quality Commission for the performance of the social care services provided to adults living in Nottinghamshire, and has continued to maintain a position as one of the best performing local authorities in relation to adult social care.

The department has been recognised for a number of areas of excellence, including its Adult Social Care Strategy; work on the personalisation of care and support, including for people with dementia; support available to adults with Asperger's Syndrome, the development of micro providers who are providing social care and areas of integration with health.

David has a long-standing history of working closely with the health service and has been a member of Primary Care Trust (PCT) and Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Boards in Nottinghamshire. David was also chair of the Mansfield and Ashfield Clinical Commissioning Group. David completed a Masters Research degree on the integration of health and social care in 2004. 

David was responsible for leading the successful work on the transfer and integration of Public Health into the County Council. He also led on the development of the Health and Wellbeing Board in the County Council with partners. This has responsibility for the implementation of plans to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Nottinghamshire with our partners in Health and other public services. He had a leading role in developing the local plans for use of national pooled money across health and social care organisations known as the Better Care Fund. 

In a number of areas the Council has been recognised for its joint working with health. In 2014 the county’s Better Care Fund plan became one of only five national exemplar plans to have its application fast-tracked by the Department of Health, with the Council being the only two tier authority to achieve this status.  The Council and five of the County’s Clinical Commissioning Groups were approved by the Department of Health as an Integration Pioneer, which means government support and mentoring are provided to help speed up progress with local integration of health and social care services. The Council is working with Nottingham City Council and Clinical Commissioning Groups in a Transforming Care partnership, to reduce the number of people with learning disabilities and/or Autism in long stay specialist mental health hospitals, and is involved as an ‘early adopter’ of integrated personal commissioning, which supports the personalisation of health and social care services for people with long term conditions and disabilities.

Under David’s leadership, the Council has successfully implemented the Care Act 2014. The Council’s work on implementation was recognised regionally and nationally.

In 2012 David was voted one of the top 30 leaders in adult social care in the country through the Care Talk magazine. In June 2016 David’s contribution to adult social care was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, when he was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire). In November 2016 David received an award for outstanding contribution to adult social care at the Great East Midlands Care Awards.


David has worked for Nottinghamshire County Council for 34 years and became the Director of the former Social Services department, which included adults and children, in 2005. He has also covered the role of Director for Corporate Services in 2008/9.

David has wide experience in social care and other County Council functions, leading a number of major change programmes, including local government reorganisations and a review of all the Council’s services. 

David is a Visiting Fellow of Nottingham Trent University Business School.

Salary and pension

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 between £102,201 and £153,300  pa contribute 11.4% of their salary to their membership of the scheme. The Employers contribution to the pension of all employees at all levels is currently 22.2% (from 1 April 2017). 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.

The Council makes an additional gross payment of £5,000 per year to the Corporate Director appointed to undertake the additional duties involved in formally deputising for the Chief Executive.  

Period  Total salary  Employer pension contributions at 19.55% 
April 2016 to March 2017 £122,585 + £5,000 £25,517
April 2015 to March 2016  £121,371 + £5,000 £24,705

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 2017

Month Accommodation costs Business mileage Other expenses (inc. car, parking, train fares) Total
January     £577.70 £577.70
February     £68.00 £68.00
March     £115.30 £115.30
April     £172.00 £172.00
May     £146.80 £146.80
June     £14.50 £14.50 
July     £227.50 £227.50 

January to December 2016

Month Accommodation costs Business mileage Other expenses (inc. car, parking, train fares) Total
January     £161.90 £161.90
February     £219.00 £219.00
March     £73.10 £73.10 
April     £185.10 £185.10
May     £152.60 £152.60
June     £123.70 £123.70
July       £0.00
August     £110.08 £110.08
September     £220.20 £220.20
October     £139.60 £139.60
November     £48.90 £48.90
December     £148.70 £148.70

January to December 2015

Month  Accommodation Costs  Business Mileage  Other expenses inc. car, parking, train fares Total 
March  £115.00   £156.00 £271.00 (expenses paid for ADASS work)
April  £109.00     £109.00
June      £324.50 £324.50
July      £163.50 £163.50
August      £127.10 £127.10
September     £112.00 £112.00
October     £156.00 £156.00
November        £00.00
December     £245.00 245.00
Total  £224.00 £0.00 £1,284.10 £1,508.10

January to December 2014

Month  Accommodation Costs  Business Mileage  Other expenses inc. car, parking, train fares Total 
January  £72.65   £658.90 £731.55 (expenses paid for ADASS work) 
February      £993.62 £993.62 (expenses paid for ADASS) 
March      £767.50 £767.50 (expenses paid for ADASS) 
April £81.50   £269.50 £351.00 (expenses paid for ADASS) 
May     £386.50 £386.50 (expenses paid for ADASS) 
Total  £154.15 £0.00 £3,076.02  £3,230.17

January to December 2013

Month  Accommodation costs  Business mileage  Other expenses inc. car, parking, train fares Total 
January      £332.10 £332.10 
February      £163.80 £163.80 
March      £161.50 £161.50
May      £161.50 £161.50
June      £161.50 £161.50
July      £136.00 £136.00
September  £199.15   £217.70 £416.85
October      £474.60 £474.60
November      £494.40 £494.40
December  £188.00   £225.10 £413.10
Total  £387.15 £0.00 £2,528.20 £2,915.35 

January to December 2012

Month  Accommodation costs   Business mileage     Other expenses inc. car, parking, train fares     Total 
February      £311.50 £311.50 
March      £155.50 £155.50
May      £155.50 £155.50
June      £155.50 £155.50
July      £311.00 £311.00
August  £255.00     £255.00
September      £155.50 £155.50
December  £81.65   £159.40 £241.05
Total  £336.65 £0.00 £1,403.90 £1,740.55 

January to December 2011

Month  Accommodation costs  Business mileage 

Other expenses inc. car, parking, train fares  

June      £98.00 £98.00
August      £145.50 £145.50 
October  £269.85   £176.80 £446.65
December      £145.80 £145.80
Total  £269.85 £0.00 £566.10 £835.95 

January to December 2010

Month  Accommodation costs   Business mileage     Other expenses inc. car, parking, train fares    Total 
November  £284.34     £284.34 
December      £139.20 £139.20 
Total  £284.34 £0.00 £139.20 £423.54


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