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Anthony May: Corporate Director, Children Families and Cultural Services

Anthony May
Anthony May

Responsibilities

Deputy Chief Executive

Anthony leads one of the largest departments delivering children, families and cultural services in the country. Anthony has a specific responsibility to meet the legal requirements of the Children’s Act 2004.

The department provides a range of services for children and young people’s education and achievement, leisure, youth offending, child protection and safeguarding. 

The department also provides a cultural offer including libraries, arts, sports and three country parks at Rufford, Bestwood and Sherwood Forest. 

Anthony is responsible for a £633 million budget which includes the funding for all state maintained schools in Nottinghamshire.

Anthony is also the Council’s Deputy Chief Executive

Achievements

Like many other local authorities, the department is facing increasing challenges in children’s social care. For example, the trend over the last 4 years shows an approximate 38% increase in the number of children on child protection plans whilst over the same period the number of looked after children (children cared for by the state) has increased by approximately 62%. Despite continuing investment in social care, these trends have placed extra pressure on frontline social workers to ensure vulnerable children are protected.

Another important challenge for the department is to continue to champion the needs of young people in a changing educational landscape. The emergence of academies and free schools is requiring 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.

Faced with these challenges, Anthony is focusing his attention on transforming the department’s work around safeguarding to provide a financially sustainable service whilst also ensuring the best support for vulnerable children and young people.

Some notable examples of this transformation include the establishment of the Nottinghamshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) which has brought together professionals from adult and children’s social care, police and the health community. This pioneering inter-agency model allows swift information sharing to inform the protection of vulnerable individuals in Nottinghamshire as quickly and as safely as possible.

In 2013, the MASH was complemented by the establishment of an Early Help Unit, which takes enquiries related to vulnerable children who require early support.

Under Anthony’s stewardship, Nottinghamshire’s early help services have also undergone a modernisation process. 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.

The department’s support to schools has paid dividends with the summer 2013 results showing 63.4% of young people achieving 5 A*-C grades, including English and Maths. This represents a 2.4% improvement from 2012 and places Nottinghamshire above national outcomes. 

The department continues to manage a full programme of capital investment in its buildings, notably across the school estate. Over 2000 additional school places have been built during 2013 and 2014 to meet the increasing number of young people requiring a school place over this period.  This is part of a wider £250m programme of investment to refurbish and/or add additional capacity across county’s school estate during the five year period to 2016.

Background

Anthony grew up in Dorset and attended Hardy’s 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 is currently taking 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. Since then, the department has grown to include a broader offer of services prompting it to be renamed as Children, Families and Cultural Services. 

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. Chief Officers who are members of the LGPS contribute 7.5% of their salary to their membership of the scheme. The Employers contribution to the pension of all employees at all levels remains at 18.3%. All Chief Officer salaries are fixed.

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.

Anthony has received no pay increase since 2009.

The Council makes an additional gross payment of £416.67 per month to the Corporate Director appointed to undertake the additional duties involved in formally deputising for the Chief Executive. Currently Anthony is covering this role in the absence of the Corporate Director of Adult Social Care and Health and Public Protection who is undertaking the role of Vice President and President elect for the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS). 

Period

Total salary

Employer pension contributions at 18.3%

April 2013 - March 2014 (subject to national pay award negotiation)

£134,908

£24,688

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 - July 2014

Month

Accommodation costs

Business mileage

Other expenses including car parking, train fares

Total

April   £345.15 £9.50 £354.65
May £100.75
  £100.75
Total £100.75 £345.15 £9.50 £455.40


January - December 2013

Month

Accommodation costs

Business mileage

Other expenses including 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 £1,107.41
October     £149.00 £149.00
November     £240.00 £240.00
December   £566.55 £66.10 £632.65 
Total £373.81 £1,755.45 £1,464.80 £3,594.06


January - December 2012

Month

Accommodation costs

Business mileage

Other expenses including 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 £2,636.20


January - December 2011

Month

Accommodation costs

Business mileage

Other expenses including 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 - December 2010

Month

Accommodation costs

Business mileage

Other expenses including car parking, train fares

Total

January

£92

   

£92

February

 

£110.66

 

£110.66

March

 

£79.66

 

£79.66

April

 

£50.40

 

£50.40

May

 

£70.40

 

£70.40

June

 

£118

 

£118

July

£85.96

£93.20

£138 train fare

£317.16

September

 

£128.80

 

£128.80

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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