Council to recommend new chief executive be appointed on £90k salary - saving £105k

Phil Drury.
Phil Drury.

Boston Borough Council is to consider a recommendation from the chief officers employment panel to appoint Phil Drury as its new chief executive.

Members will be recommended at their meeting on Monday, July 20, to agree an amendment of the council’s current management structure and amalgamation of the roles of strategic director and chief executive.

They will be asked to agree a salary of £90,000, rising to £95,000 after six months, subject to performance targets being met.

The budget for 2015/16 for the role of Chief Executive is £125,600. With this proposal total potential savings will be approximately £105,000 - which takes into account the previous chief executive’s salary, Mr Drury’s current earnings and his new pay packet (with the two roles merging).

Mr Drury has been acting chief executive since Richard Harbord’s resignation. Mr Drury began his career with the council in 1988 when he began work as a youth trainee in the housing department. He left briefly, returning to the housing team, and since 1992 has held various senior management positions, securing the post of director when it was advertised in 2006, becoming deputy chief executive around the same time.

As acting chief executive and returning officer he oversaw the parish, borough and Parliamentary elections in May. It is recommended he is also appointed electoral registration officer and returning officer – roles traditionally associated with that of chief executive.

Coun Peter Bedford, leader of Boston Borough Council and a member of the chief officers employment panel, said: “I have no hesitation in recommending Phil. He has acted admirably as a senior officer, in the role of acting chief executive since Richard Harbord’s resignation and has a proven track record as a gifted, experienced and loyal servant of the authority. In addition, amalgamation of his previous role as strategic director and chief executive means the council will also make a substantial cash saving.”