Fife Council is structured into five main directorates, each led by an Executive Director:
The Chief Executive, Steve Grimmond, is the most senior paid position in the council, leading a staff of 17,500. He has ultimate responsibility for the council delivering over 500 key services to the people of Fife and managing our annual revenue and capital budget of over £1 billion.
The education of our children, looking after our environment, creating jobs, providing housing, keeping communities safe, supporting Fife’s vulnerable residents and providing sport and leisure opportunities – these and all other council services contribute to us enjoying a better quality of life. And it’s the Chief Executive’s job to continually improve how these services are provided within the budget approved by the Council. The Chief Executive is also the lead officer in the event of any major emergency.
Key facts about the council's top job:
The salary for the Chief Executive post is currently £162,258. All Scottish Chief Executives in local government have salaries set nationally through COSLA.
- Performance review All employees, including the Chief Executive go through regular performance reviews. For the Chief Executive these meetings are with the Council Leader and Depute Leader. Steve Grimmond also chooses to share his own improvement objectives with his management team of five Executive Directors.
The Chief Executive is able to reclaim some business related expenses. This includes for example out-of-pocket expenses for travelling to and from meetings to represent the Council’s interests.
- Restrictions By law the Chief Executive and all senior Council employees cannot take part in any party political activity. Their job means that they have to advise councillors objectively and professionally no matter what political party a councillor belongs to.
- Annual Leave The Chief Executive receives 27 days per annum. As with all employees, there are also twelve public holidays, eight of these are designated by the Council and four are flexible.
As with all Council employees, the Chief Executive has the opportunity to be a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme. This is a contributory scheme which means that employees contribute between 5.5% to 10.8% of their salary and the Council contributes 17.6%. The Council contributes the same percentage amount for all employees regardless of their role.
Executive Director Communities
The Communities Directorate brings together a range of services which deliver directly to/with communities and works to improve our local connections to provide an increasingly responsive, coordinated public service with and for our residents.
How do we do this?
Communities and Neighbourhoods - Functions whose focus is on community development and engagement, voluntary sector support, community planning, performance management and improvement, local coordination and policy, plus project support for key strategies including anti-poverty, health and wellbeing, safer communities and community learning.
Customer Service Improvement - Delivers and provides access to a range of Council Services through Customer Service Centres, the Contact Centre, and online/self-service. The service also manages the council’s customer strategy and standards of customer service, the complaints process, information requests, communications and marketing, and emergency resilience planning/business continuity.
Corporate Services Resources - The Resources Section provide a range of support for colleagues in Communities Directorate as well as providing direct support to other Council colleagues (Mail Courier Services)
Housing Services - Managing the council’s housing stock, housing access including homelessness services and housing development.
Area Services - A range of leisure and community resources functions across sports strategy and partnerships; community use and access to facilities; halls and centres; parks, streets, countryside and open spaces; community safety and bereavement services and community learning.
Fife Sports & Leisure Trust - Fife Sports and Leisure Trust, established on 1 April 2008, manages twelve sports and leisure facilities across Fife on behalf of Fife Council.Back To Top
Executive Director Education and Children's Services
Fife’s Education and Children’s Directorate is the second largest in Scotland. We provide high quality education and social work services to children, young people and families and in relation to criminal justice.
Our vision is to improve life chances for all
The Education and Children’s Services Directorate plays a key role in taking forward the wider aims of the council by:
- Raising attainment and achievement
- Ensuring inclusion and making a positive difference in our communities
- Improving the learning environment
- Supporting and protecting the most vulnerable
Our approach is founded on the values of:
Our priorities are to improve:
- Educational Outcomes– raising attainment, literacy, numeracy levels etc.
- Employability Skills– raising overall achievement, including skills for work and life in the community.
- Equality and Equity– reducing inequalities and seeking to break the cycle of social disadvantage. Our interventions need to be as early as possible and then sustained.
- Enhancing opportunities for our most vulnerable groups and individuals - protecting our most vulnerable children, families, and service users but also enhancing opportunities to improve their whole life outcomes and seek to secure positive outcomes and destinations for learners.
Our commitment in practice:
We will attract and recruit the most effective practitioners; and we will develop their professional learning and practice.
We will develop effective partnerships and integrate services in a child and family-centred way.
We will focus our efforts on prevention, early intervention to break the cycle of disadvantage and protect the vulnerable.
We will be relentless in our focus on improving outcomes for all.Back To Top
Executive Director of Enterprise and EnvironmentFife House
The Enterprise and Environment Directorate brings together services who are working to create a brighter future for Fife - looking after our buildings and assets, developing a strong economy, preserving our environment and helping us get around easily and safely. The Directorate comprises the following Services:
Assets, Transportation and Environment
Key objective: to create a comprehensive service to provide new and refurbished buildings and facilities management and maintenance arrangements for the Council’s assets. To drive commercial benefit from some of the more commercial aspects of the Council’s infrastructure. And to provide a fully integrated service for the management and maintenance of the roads, footpaths and cycle networks. We also look after a quality refuse collection service for domestic and commercial customers and are responsible for the provision and maintenance of the Council’s vehicle fleet.
- All Property and Building Services.
- Facilities Management Service incorporating catering, cleaning
- Logistics including stores, printing and courier service
- All climate change issues, waste disposal, landfill management including power generation and heat networks
- Focus on energy reduction, alternative generation and carbon emissions reduction
- All works to roads, footpaths and bridges
- Road safety, traffic management, lighting, winter maintenance, car parks, harbours and coastal protection
- Bus stations, stops and transport interchanges
- All areas of public transport, school transport and subsidised bus services
- Domestic and commercial waste collection
- Fleet maintenance
Head of Service: Pam Ewen
Key objective: to lead on development implementation on the ground through its statutory duties relating to building standards and safety, building warrants, development applications and permissions, enforcements, development planning and policy and enforcement.
Business & Employability Services
Head of Service: Gordon Mole
Key objective: to drive change in Fife’s economy over the short, medium and long term.
The portfolio combines long-term thinking about the development of Fife’s economy, and short-term actions to deliver immediate “wins” for the economy. This includes capital projects, inward investment support, and sector initiatives. The portfolio also manages Fife’s Business Gateway contract, providing advice to small and growing Fife businesses.
The portfolio seeks to ensure that all Fife's communities benefit from the overall growth in its economy and supports employability initiatives to help clients in disadvantaged groups and local communities to jobs, particularly targeting young people and the long term unemployed. It also covers Fife’s built and natural heritage, urban design and has a key role in helping regenerate Fife’s town centres.
Head of Service: Nigel Kerr
Key objective: To achieve a safe, healthy, clean, and fair-trading environment for residents, businesses, and visitors. We strive to achieve this through activities which monitor compliance with trading standards, environmental health and building standards laws. Our activities include:
Trading Standards: Premises inspection, anti-counterfeiting, weights and measures, fair trading investigations, consumer protection, business advice, product safety, petroleum and explosives regulation, age related sales, scams and doorstep crime and Trusted Trader.
Environmental Health: Food hygiene inspections, food and water sampling, food complaints, foodborne illness, health and safety, waste duty of care activities, noise regulation, housing regulation, nuisance control, animal health and welfare, air quality, contaminated land, licensing standards, consumer education and business advice
Building Standards: Building warrant applications and completion certificate submissions, dangerous buildings, ensure access and facilities are provided for people with disabilities, further the conservation of fuel, power and further the achievement of sustainable development.Back To Top
Executive Director of Finance and Corporate Services
The Executive Director, as a member of the Council's Management Team, is accountable for the overall strategic leadership and management of the Finance and Corporate Services functions. This includes the further integration and development of these services to meet the needs of service users and communities, ensuring that the corporate objectives and policies of the Council are reflected in the services provided, methods of delivery and responsiveness to local needs.
The functions within the Directorate are Finance, Revenue & Commercial Services, Assessors, Human Resources, Legal Services, Democratic Services and Business Technology Solutions.
In addition the Executive Director has the Lead responsibility for the corporate priority - Efficiency and Risk Management. The identification of this as a key priority for the Council reinforces the importance of risk management across the Council both to improve service delivery and strengthen democratic processes and the importance of efficiency as the Council faces continuing and prolonged financial pressures.
Find out more about Fife Council's Budget and Finances.
Finance & Corporate Services Directorate
With over 2,000 people, across 8 professional areas, in around 120 roles, Finance & Corporate Services is a large and exciting Directorate to work in. At the heart of this diverse directorate is delivery of consistent, quality support based on professional expertise and commitment to excellence.
Eileen Rowand is the Executive Director Finance & Corporate Services, and each Service within the directorate is led by a Head of Service. This Directorate Management Team ensures our ambitions for Fife and for our workforce are delivered and managed in a way that supports our workforce, enables new ways of working, makes the most of technology and helps makes the best use of our finances.
Elaine Muir, Head of Finance
The Finance Service provides financial advice and information to Services and Committees of the Council. Key functions include financial planning, accounting, business analysis, treasury management, investment, taxation, risk management, internal audit and ensuring we focus our finances well in these challenging times.
Revenue & Commercial Services
Les Robertson, Head of Revenue & Commercial Services
There are 4 distinct functional areas within Revenue and Shared Services: Revenue Services collects all income due to Fife Council as well as administration of Benefits and other financial assessments; Business Support provides effective administrative support through the coordination of resources and opportunities for self-service, Procurement Service provides a professional, centrally coordinated purchasing service for the Council and the Transaction Team provides recruitment, payroll, pension, accounts processing and internal shared service desk.
Human Resources Service
Sharon McKenzie, Head of Human Resources
The Human Resources Service (HR) provides strategic workforce advice and information to the Administration, Committees and Services of the Council. In addition HR enables managers to manage and support their staff, through a range of employment policies, guidance and provision, including business partnering services, resourcing, change management, learning and development and health and safety. The Service ensures effective support to our managers and staff by working in partnership with the recognised Trade Unions.
Legal & Democratic Services
Lindsay Thomson, Head of Legal & Democratic Services
Legal & Democratic Services provides a comprehensive in-house legal service which can be supplemented with external support as required. The main functions undertaken include - acquisition, disposal and leasing of property; drafting and interpretation of contracts; provision of advice and legal support relating to all of the Council’s statutory functions and in particular the Council’s role as Education, Social Work and Planning Authority. The team also represents the Council at court, employment tribunals and planning inquiries. Legal & Democratic Services also has responsibility for licensing and regulatory functions (e.g. liquor and taxi licences).
Legal & Democratic Services also provides advice on standards and governance to support the Council’s decision making and scrutiny functions. In addition, the Service manages the Electoral Registration Service and all elections, and provides support and assistance to elected members.
Business Technology Solutions (BTS)
Charlie Anderson, Head of ICT
BTS’ role is to ensure that we make the most of technology and digital opportunities. This means operating and delivering the Council’s ICT infrastructure and systems, ensuring security, compliance, availability and continuity. It also means designing, recommending and delivering new technology and digital solutions to meet the diverse needs of Council services and Fife citizens.
Heather Honeyman, Assessor
The Assessor Service undertakes statutory valuations of domestic and non-domestic properties across Fife for local taxation purposes. Although reporting to the Executive Director Finance & Corporate Services, the Assessor carries out an independent, statutory function.Back To Top
Health and Social Care
Health and Social Care are responsible for arranging social care services for people and communities in Fife. Every day, we make a difference to people's lives at times of personal or family need. Over 23,000 people received a service at some time in the last year. Users of services are of all ages and from all parts of the community.
The Service seeks to provide the necessary support for people to remain in their own home and community, it protects and supports children, older people and adults and helps offenders to change their offending behaviour.
Social Work is a large and complex organisation carrying out a variety of duties and tasks. Much of the work we do is governed by legislation. Overall responsibility for all aspects of the Service lies with the Director of Health and Social Care who reports to the Chief Executives of both Fife Council and NHS Fife.
You can find out more about the range of services we offer on the Health and Social Care pages.
Find out more about the Fife Health & Social Care Partnership itself on the Fife HSCP website.Back To Top
The Executive Directors join the Chief Executive to form the Council Management Team (CMT). Together they are responsible or translating the Council’s policies and plans into action.
They lead and encourage staff to develop services and improve delivery for the people of Fife.
Meeting every week, the CMT regularly develop new policy, review and challenge performance, lead on service improvements and develop partnership opportunities to help us deliver as effectively as possible.
They monitor our use of resources and make sure the Council stays on track both in terms of our priorities and our spending.
In additional to their responsibilities for the services they lead, Executive Directors each have an overall role as champion for a key policy area, such as health or sustainability. Together, they and the Chief Executive constitute the corporate management of the Council.
Fife Council Service Structure
- Chief Executive
- Education and Children's Services
- Children & Families & Criminal Justice Services
- Enterprise and Environment
- Assets, Transportation & Environment
- Planning Service
- Business & Employability Services
- Protective Services
- Finance and Corporate Services
- Audit & Risk Management Services
- Human Resources
- Legal & Democratic
- Financial Services
- Revenue & Shared Services
- Democratic Services
- Assessor Service
- Business Technology Solutions
- Business Support Service
- Community & Corporate Development
- Customer Service Improvement
- Corporate Services Resources
- Housing Services
- Area Services
- Fife Golf Trust
- Fife Sports & Leisure Trust
- Fife Cultural Trust
- Health and Social Care (delivered through the Health & Social Care Partnership)
- Adult Services
- Older People's Services
- Social Work Resources Service