This page includes information on the City of Wolverhampton Council Senior Management Team and Strategic Executive Board

Senior Management Team

For more information on the City of Wolverhampton Council Senior Management Team, see the Senior Management structure chart in the Downloads section.

Strategic Executive Board

Here you can find profiles of each of the Strategic Executive Board members of the City of Wolverhampton Council. Select a name to find out more.

Managing Director, Tim Johnson

Tim is Managing Director of the City of Wolverhampton Council having been appointed to the role in July 2018.

Prior to this, he was the council’s Deputy Managing Director and Strategic Director of Place where his portfolio of responsibilities included city development, city housing, city transport, city environment, corporate property and commercialism.

Tim is an experienced strategic local government director, specialising in place shaping, organisational change management and community regeneration. He has a proven track record of developing and delivering complex, innovative projects and programmes and has overseen a regeneration programme which has £3.7 billion of public and private investment either on site or planned in the city.

In the five years he has worked at the City of Wolverhampton Council, Tim has played a major part in the transformation of the city and the council. This was nationally recognised in June 2017 when the City of Wolverhampton Council won a record four awards at the prestigious MJ Local Government Achievement Awards 2017 including Local Authority of the Year, Most Improved Council and Senior Leadership Team of the Year.

Tim has over 20 years’ experience in local government working for Liverpool City Council, London Borough of Hillingdon, Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council and Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council before joining the City of Wolverhampton Council in May 2013.

He represents City of Wolverhampton Council on a number of external forums across the region and city including the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), Association of Black Country Authorities and Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and as Chair of the Board of Governors at the City of Wolverhampton College.

Deputy Managing Director, Mark Taylor

Mark is Deputy Managing Director and Strategic Director People of the City of Wolverhampton Council. He was appointed to the role of Strategic Director People in September 2017 and Deputy Managing Director in August 2018. 

Prior to this, he was the Council's Director of Finance where his portfolio of responsibilities included Finance, Commercial Services, Customer Services and ICT.

In the ten years he has worked at the City of Wolverhampton Council, Mark has played a major part in the transformation of the city and the council.  This was nationally recognised in June 2017 when the City of Wolverhampton Council won a record four awards at the prestigious MJ Local Government Achievement Awards 2017 including Local Authority of the Year, Most Improved Council and Senior Leadership Team of the Year.

His portfolio of responsibilities covers Children's Services, Adult Services, Public Health, Education and Skills and Strategic Commissioning. He has overall responsibility for ensuring the achievement of better outcomes for local people by promoting independence and self-reliant communities and reducing demand on services. The primary aim is to ensure people and communities in the City achieve their full potential and to protect vulnerable children and adults. The People directorate which he leads works closely with partners to improve the health and wellbeing of the local population, and to give children and young people the very best start in life.   

Mark has over 25 years' experience in local government working for Wrekin District Council, Telford & Wrekin Council, Shropshire County Council and Oswestry Borough Council before joining City of Wolverhampton Council in 2009.

Mark is Chair of the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership, is a Director and the Chair of WV Living, the City's Council's housing company, and is the strategic lead for both health, safety and wellbeing and resilience within the Council.  Mark is also the Chair of Governors at St Patrick's Catholic Primary School.

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Director of Adult Services, David Watts

David is the Director of Adult Services for the City of Wolverhampton Council, having been appointed to this role in September 2017.

Prior to this appointment, David joined Wolverhampton in October 2016 as the Service Director for Adults.

David is an experienced practitioner and manager in adult social care who began his career in adult provider services in Northamptonshire, working predominantly in Older People's residential care, day services and domiciliary care. David then moved into assessment and case management. David subsequently completed his diploma in social work and then enhanced this qualification to a BA Hons in Advanced Social Work with Adults through post-qualification training. Prior to Wolverhampton David held numerous adult social care roles in Northamptonshire, before taking a short-term role at Coventry as Assistant Director for adult social care and interim roles for NHS England and Staffordshire County Council.

In the time he has worked in Wolverhampton David has led the Transforming Adult Social Care programme, and ensured delivery through the Better Care Fund and improving health partnerships, resulting in significant operational improvements.

David represents the City of Wolverhampton Council on a number of external forums including West Midlands ADASS, as chair of the regional ADASS performance network and co-lead of the National ADASS Standards, Performance and Informatics workstream. 

Director of Children's Services, Emma Bennett

Emma is the Director of Children's Services for the City of Wolverhampton Council, having been appointed to this role in September 2017.

Prior to this appointment, Emma joined Wolverhampton in 2007, initially as Deputy Head of Service for Children and Young People in Care.  During her ten years in Wolverhampton, she worked her way up to Head of Service for Children and Young People in Care through to Assistant Director for Children's Services and then secured her current role.

Emma is an experienced practitioner and manager in children's social care who began her social work career in a children's secure home in Staffordshire and then moved into frontline child protection work.  She had a number of roles in Staffordshire and Doncaster MBC before returning to the Midlands and began working in Wolverhampton.

Whilst in Wolverhampton Emma has played a major role in the leadership of the Transforming Children's Services programme, which culminated being judged as 'good' by Ofsted in March 2017 following an inspection of Children's Services, including demand management and ensuring children and young people are at the heart of service delivery.

Emma represents the City of Wolverhampton at the West Midlands Association of Directors of Children's Services and leads on the 'Quality of Practice' priority for the region. 

Director of Finance, Claire Nye

Claire is the Director of Finance and Section 151 officer of the City of Wolverhampton Council. 

Prior to this, Claire was the council's Chief Accountant where she was Head of Service for Strategic Finance. In this role, Claire was the lead for technical accounting and strategic financial advice and support to the Council and preparation of the Medium Term Financial Strategy.

Claire is a CIPFA qualified accountant and has over 15 years of post-qualification experience. She enjoyed several years providing accountancy support to the council's capital programme and took the lead finance role on a number of significant regeneration projects.

Claire has a proven track record in technical accounting and the preparation of the Statement of Accounts.

Claire is a Director of the Council's wholly owned recruitment agency, Yoo Recruit and has previously held the role of Director for WV Living, the Council's housing company.

Claire sits on the Audit Committee for the West Midlands Growth Company.

Director of Public Health, John Denley

John is the Director of Public Health for the City of Wolverhampton Council having been appointed in November 2017 and is responsible for determining the overall vision and objectives for Public Health in Wolverhampton.

John has over 25 years of experience working in NHS and local authority organisations and has a proven track record of partnership, delivery and improvement in health outcomes for citizens.

John joined City of Wolverhampton Council from Birmingham City Council where he was the Assistant Director of Commissioning with responsibility for health and social care intelligence, commissioning Public Health services, commissioning providers of Adult Social Care and Early Years services.  

When working for the NHS, John gained a broad range of experience and expertise working in both hospital and GP settings, these included using information and intelligence to increase access and the quality of cancer services, improve surgical services as well as improve the quality of GP services.

John firmly believes that the greatest influence on health and wellbeing is having the best start to life, an excellent education, a stable rewarding job and a decent home in a thriving community.  As such, John and the Public Health team are focused on working in partnership with all areas of the Council, the NHS and other appropriate sectors and agencies who can influence the health and wellbeing of the city.

Director of City Housing, Kate Martin

Kate was appointed to the role of Director of City Housing in 2018.

Kate is Company Director of WV Living, the City's commercial Housing Company and the Client Director for Wolverhampton Homes and four Tenant Management Organisations - collectively managing over 20,000 homes, neighbourhood services and shared services for the City.

Prior joining the City, Kate was a Director at the London Borough of Camden and held senior roles at the London Borough of Brent and Central Bedfordshire Council.

Kate has provided strategic leadership for a wide range of portfolios including economic development; employment, skills and enterprise; community investment; commercial investment; development management and spatial planning; community safety and cohesion partnerships; neighbourhood management services; environmental health services; land and asset management - commercial, education, residential, libraries and leisure, community and facilities estate portfolios.

Kate has led joint outcomes for Children & Young People, Adult Social Care, Public Health and Community Safety services: joint planning for care leavers, offender management, new communities' resettlement, hospital and health planning, the prevention of rough sleeping and homelessness, domestic abuse support, commissioning new independent living accommodation options and integrated support service models.

Kate has experience of leading Corporate Strategy and Communications, Strategic Partnership Management, Customer Insight, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Emergency Planning and Health and Safety Management.

Kate is a Panel Member of the UK Housing Policy Opinion Group and a Non-Executive Board Member of a Housing Association Group. Kate is also a Business Development Board Member for West Midlands WISH and a Trustee of a not-for-profit Trust. Kate is also a Local Government Association Coach and Mentor.

Director of Education, Meredith Teasdale

Meredith is the Director of Education and Skills for the City of Wolverhampton Council having been appointed to the post in October 2017.

Meredith is an experienced strategic local government director, specialising in place shaping, organisation change management, people services and education and skills.  She has a proven track record in delivering complex, innovative change for the community through partnership working.  Her key skills are working with people in partnership to deliver change and improvements.  Meredith also has experience of managing complex capital programmes and large demand led budgets.

Meredith has to date in her role for City of Wolverhampton Council worked to develop good relationships with schools, education providers and other partners to improve outcomes for children, young people and adults particularly through educational attainment and employment opportunities.

In the time she has worked for the City of Wolverhampton Council, Meredith has overseen an increase in attainment at KS2, improved provision for children with SEND, the development of new schools places, increased youth opportunities including a comprehensive apprenticeship pathway, good attainment for adults in adult education, increased partnership between employers, schools and potential job hunters to improve employment opportunities in the City.

Meredith has over 20 years experience either in teaching or Local Government. She has worked for Sunderland City Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Durham County Council, Hartlepool Borough Council, Leicestershire County Council, Lincolnshire County Council and Cambridgeshire County Council before joining the City of Wolverhampton Council in October 2017.

Meredith represents the City of Wolverhampton Council on a number of external forums including WM ADCS and the national ADCS Additional Needs and Care Board.

Director of Regeneration, Richard Lawrence

Richard is the Director of Regeneration at the City of Wolverhampton Council having been appointed to the role in August 2018. 

Prior to this, he was Head of Development at Stafford Borough Council where his portfolio of responsibilities included major regeneration projects, economic development, strategic housing, and planning. 

Richard is an experienced director with over 15 years' experience in regeneration in the private and public sectors.  He has held senior roles in Borough/District, Unitary and County Councils and has extensive delivery based experience ranging from masterplanning and funding assembly, to land and property management and development.  He has expertise in delivering housing, property, economic development, transport, conservation and tourism schemes and has led on largescale regeneration projects in Kent and Medway, Northampton, Shrewsbury, Stafford and throughout the Combined Authority area.

He chairs the i54 development steering group and sits on a number of external forums across the region supporting the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), Association of Black Country Authorities and Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) 

Director of City Environment, Ross Cook

Ross joined the City of Wolverhampton Council in March 2016 as the Service Director for City Environment. 

He is responsible for a wide range of frontline services, including waste and recycling, which has recently been brought back in-house; Environmental Services, which includes street cleansing, parks and open spaces, landscape design, arboriculture, grounds maintenance, bereavement services, fleet management and workshops; Business Services, which includes markets, licensing, environmental health, food safety and hygiene, trading standards and environmental protection; and City Transport, which includes traffic management (UTC), road safety, school crossing patrols, highway assets and maintenance, street lighting and the passenger transport service.

Ross is a vastly experienced senior manager who has worked in local government for over 30 years, leading large organisations and services, delivering high-quality services and delivering strategic transformation. 

He was previously Corporate Director at Gloucester City Council, responsible for a wide range of services and oversaw the introduction of "Asset Based Community Development" that enabled the Council to support communities to be stronger and self-sufficient, as well as delivering their rugby world cup programme in 2015.  Prior to that, he worked for a number of Councils in Devon and Hampshire.  He began his career with Stroud District Council on what was the equivalent of today's apprenticeship scheme.  His first role was to collect payment (13 pence) for and issuing annual dog licences.  He went on to complete his professional qualifications through the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV) and latterly became a distance learning tutor for the examinations.

Ross is an active member of the Association of Directors of Environment, Planning and Transportation, and sits on both their Environment Board and a Digital Connectivity Working Group.

Director of Communications and External Relations, Ian Fegan

Ian is the Director of Communications and External Relations at the City of Wolverhampton Council. 

In this role, Ian is responsible for corporate communication including public relations, marketing campaigns, corporate branding, media relations, internal communication and engagement, city marketing and developing and maintaining key city and regional stakeholder relationships.

Prior to this, Ian was the council's Head of Corporate Communication. Between 1998 and 2014 he worked for Staffordshire Police rising to the position of Head of Communications. During his tenure with the force, he led the communications response to a number of high-profile, national incidents, gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry and was the West Midlands regional police communications strategy and planning lead for the 2012 London Olympics.

Ian is an International Politics and History honours graduate from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and also holds the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Diploma in Public Relations and the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) Diploma in Marketing.

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