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Mick Burrows: Chief Executive

Mick Burrows
Mick Burrows

Responsibilities

Mick Burrows was appointed to the post of Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council in April 2008 following competition that attracted applicants from across the country.

As Chief Executive, Mick is the Head of Paid Service and has overall responsibility for the Council's £1.2 billion budget and the 23,000 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 790,000 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 in 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 Piece.

Achievements

As Chief Executive of the 11th largest local authority, Mick initiated and led an improvement agenda that saw the council receive a four-star rating in 2008, the highest rating awarded by government inspectors. 

Since 2008 Mick has built on this success by leading on a Council wide transformation programme to make the Council customer focused, efficient and effective whilst ensuring that the authority delivers on its strategic priorities and remains financially sustainable. Since 2009, the Improvement and transformation programme has helped to deliver savings totalling over £150m to manage budget reductions and to release much needed investment to meet increasing demands for older people’s services and children’s social care.  

Following the council elections in 2013, Mick has been responsible for advising the new Administration on how to address the current £154m financial challenge facing the Council      

In addition, Mick has been instrumental in promoting partnership working with other local councils and public sector bodies to deliver public services in the most cost effective and efficient way.  Mick also supports the local business community in its relationship with the Local Enterprise Partnership (D2/N2) which has brought councils and the private sector together to promote economic regeneration and growth across the region. 

As part of the role in establishing the Local Enterprise Partnership promoting Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire as places to do business, he has worked closely with senior politicians to commission and publish the County’s first Growth plan in collaboration with local business leaders. One of the initial developments emanating from the plan is the role out of superfast broadband to rural areas to support business development.

Looking forward, Mick is focusing more of his efforts on ensuring that key stakeholders at the local, regional and national level are engaged with the Council and are working together to deliver efficiencies and improved outcomes for the people of Nottinghamshire. 

Background

Mick Burrows was born, educated and raised in Nottinghamshire.

Mick spent 22 years working in the Civil Service before joining the County Council in 1995 as a project manager in adult learning. He later became a strategy manager in the regeneration service and was subsequently appointed as Assistant Director of the Culture and Community Department in 1999.

In 2003 he was appointed as Director of Culture and Community, and in 2006 oversaw the merger of two large departments and became Strategic Director of Communities. He was appointed as Chief Executive in April 2008 following an externally competitive recruitment process.

Mick is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has a Master’s Degree in Urban Regeneration. 

Salary and pension

The Council’s highest paid employee is the Chief Executive who is paid a fixed salary of £184,410.

Mick’s salary has been unchanged since April 2008 - the last nationally agreed annual pay rise for Chief Executives of all local authorities.

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.

Period

Total salary

Employer pension contributions at 18.3%

April 2014 - March 2015 (subject to national pay award negotiation)

£184,410

Not currently a member of the LGPS

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 - June 2014

Month

Accommodation costs

Business mileage

Other expenses including car parking, train fares

Total

March


£116.00 £116.00
May £100.75       £100.75
June   £700.74  £8.90  £709.64
Total £100.75 £700.74 £124.90 £926.39


January - December 2013

Month

Accommodation costs

Business mileage

Other expenses including car parking, train fares

Total

April 


£77.49 £77.49
May
£210.00
£167.00
£377.00
August     £170.00  £170.00
October   £441.00 £44.50  £485.50
Total £210.00 £441.00 £458.99 £1109.99


January - December 2012

Month

Accommodation costs

Business mileage

Other expenses including car parking, train fares

Total

January   £154.80
£3.50 £158.30

February



£135.00

£135.00

March     £90.00
£90.00
April
£237.00
£415.50 £652.50
May
£109.00
£243.45 £2.00
£354.45
June
    £61.50
£61.50
July
    £164.40
£164.40
September
    £164.40 £164.40
October     £164.40 £164.40 
November     £157.40 £157.40
December   £325.35 £33.60 £358.95
Total £346.00 £723.60 £1,391.70 £2,461.30


January - December 2011

Month

Accommodation costs

Business mileage

Other expenses including car parking, train fares

Total

February   £203.60 £10.00 £213.60
March   £90.40   £90.40
June £115.15     £115.15
August   £460.25 £22.10 £482.35

November

£91.67    

£91.67

Total £206.82 £754.25 £32.10 £993.17

January - December 2010

Month

Accommodation costs

Business mileage

Other expenses including car parking, train fares

Total

January

 

£155.50

£8 car parking
£23 train fare
£147 train fare

£333.50

July

 

£414.80

 

£414.80

September

   

£138 train fare

£138

November

£198

   

£198

Total £198 £570.30 £316  £1,084.30

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