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Jayne Francis-Ward: Corporate Director, Policy, Planning and Corporate Services

Jayne Francis-Ward
Jayne Francis-Ward

Responsibilities

Jayne has a broad remit for a range of strategic County Council functions covering improvement, policy, planning, communications and marketing as well as corporate governance. She is responsible for around 280 employees.

Jayne leads the Policy, Planning and Corporate Services Department which deliver a diverse range of strategic services, including:

Legal and Democratic Services provide legal advice, advocacy, assistance and support to the County Council across all of its activities and functions. The Group supports the Council's 67 County Councillors and is responsible for administering all the meetings of Committees and Full Council.

In her role leading the County Council’s Transformation Programme, Jayne is responsible for transforming the way in which services are delivered to the public and ensuring that the public receives the services needed in the most efficient and effective way ensuring value for money. 

The Corporate Strategy Group manages the overall performance of the Council, ensures that all policy is in accordance with the strategic priorities of the Authority, provides research and ensures that our obligations relating to equalities are met, and manages complaints for the Council.

Jayne is also responsible for economic development, a key priority for the County Council. The team actively support projects to improve the long term economic prosperity and growth of businesses within the county and to promote regeneration and growth across the region.

The Safer and Engaged Communities Group delivers the Council's responsibilities in respect of community safety and grant aid allocations, and provides support to community groups, the voluntary sector and parish councils.

The Planning Group is responsible for the development control function, minerals and waste planning and providing official planning comments on all major developments that affect the Council but are determined by other planning bodies. The Conservation team work with partners and communities to conserve and enhance Nottinghamshire’s natural environment and heritage including its historic buildings.

Communications and Marketing is an integrated centralised function tasked with raising the reputation of the Council through stronger brand management, proactive media relations and audience focussed marketing campaigns and events. This team manages all internal and external communications maximise outcomes and deliver value for money.

As the Authority’s Monitoring Officer, Jayne is ultimately responsible for ensuring that all the County Council's activities, business and associated decisions are carried out in accordance with the constitution as well as providing support to the Chief Executive in his role as Returning Officer during local elections. Jayne also undertakes this role on behalf of the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Panel.

Achievements

In 2006, Jayne established EMLawShare - a consortium of 56 public sector legal departments across England. The consortium works in partnership with five private sector legal firms to provide cost-effective legal services and training. The partnership has helped to deliver savings of more than £4 million in the first four years of its operation.

Jayne has twice been nominated for the East Midlands Business woman of the year. She is a former Chair of the Nottingham Employment Tribunal User Group and former member of the Law Society Committee for practice management standards. She has published a number of articles and has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences. EMLawshare was nominated for an LGC award for Legal Services of the Year at the LGC Awards.

Background

Jayne was born in Doncaster and educated in Nottingham at Greenholme School and Bramcote Hills Grammar schools respectively. Jayne subsequently studied for her Law Degree and Law Society finals at Leicester and Nottingham Trent Universities. Jayne is a qualified solicitor and has worked at the Council since 1989 joining as an Assistant Solicitor from Derbyshire County Council. Prior to this she worked in the private sector. Jayne has held a number of roles at the Council, including the position of Assistant Chief Executive, and was appointed to her current post in March 2012.

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.

Jayne has received no pay increase since 2009.

Jayne also undertakes work for other statutory bodies for which she receives no additional remuneration.

Period

Total salary

Employer pension contributions at 18.3%

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

£121,371

£22,211

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 - September 2014

Month

Accommodation costs

Business mileage

Other expenses including car parking, train fares

Total

April
  £108.90 £80.00  £188.90
May   £84.15  £115.50  £199.65
June   £43.20  £148.35  £191.55 
August   £60.30 £14.20  £74.50 
Total £0.00 £296.55 £358.05 £654.60


January - December 2013

Month

Accommodation costs

Business mileage

Other expenses including car parking, train fares

Total

January
  £104.40   £104.40
February £127.00   £117.80 £244.80
March   £17.55 £36.30
£53.85
May £82.50   £44.10 £126.60
June £131.38   £111.50 £242.88
August
£87.30 £115.00  £202.30
October
  £181.30 £181.30 
December
£211.50 £92.50  £304.00
Total £340.88 £420.75 £698.50 £1,460.13


January - December 2012

Month

Accommodation costs

Business mileage

Other expenses including car parking, train fares

Total

April
  £19.80
  £19.80
July
£65.21
    £65.21
August
  £218.70
£5.50
£224.20
September
  £25.20
£32.00
£57.20
November   £59.85    £59.85
Total £65.21 £323.55 £37.50 £426.26


January - December 2011

Month

Accommodation costs

Business mileage

Other expenses including car parking, train fares

Total

July   £257.40 £2.00 £259.40
November   £40.95   £40.95
Total £0.00 £298.35 £2.00 £300.35


January - December 2010

Month

Accommodation costs

Business mileage

Other expenses including car parking, train fares

Total

January - December 2010

 

£465.20

£22.80

£488.00

Total £0.00 £465.20 £22.80 £488.00
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