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Gavin Jones

7 November 2018

Chief Executive
Telephone: 033301 38585
Portrait photo of Gavin Jones Chief Executive of Essex County Council 
Functional Area: Corporate Services
Salary: £195,000
Job Description:



Gavin took up his new role as Chief Executive of Essex County Council, one of the largest authorities in England, in January 2016 and has overall responsibility for the Council’s Revenue Budget (£2.27 billion), Capital Budget (£200 million) and 6,100 FTE.

Gavin joined Swindon Borough Council (SBC) in 2004 and became Chief Executive in 2006, having previously worked in a variety of private sector organisations and market sectors.

Gavin was listed as one of the top 50 New Radicals in the Sunday Observer’s national campaign for Britain’s most innovative leaders and voted one of the most influential leaders in Local Government. Gavin is Chair of SOLACE Group.

Gavin is passionate about change in the local government, bringing together stakeholders and partner organisations to develop relationships at the local, regional and national levels in order to deliver a transformed service provision. Gavin is enthusiastic about embracing the business benefits of diversity and using these to the advantage of leading the organisation 

  • Essex County Council is one of the biggest and most high profile public authorities in the country and the Chief Executive is looked to nationally as one of the most influential people in local government.
  • But, more importantly, Gavin oversees local services which impact on our most vulnerable in society, while at the same time driving forward innovation and the changes we need to make to our organisation.
  • Gavin works closely with the Leader of the Council and Cabinet Members to ensure that Essex County Council can efficiently and effectively meet its key objectives.
  • He is responsible and accountable for the delivery of the clear and ambitious agenda set by Members of the Council, within the resources available, to ensure that Essex County Council meets the aspirations of Members and those of the communities they serve.
  • He also ensures Essex County Council remains at the forefront of change in the public sector, including devolution of power from central government, promotion of affordable government and takes a strong and active role in leading and developing the public and private sector partnerships required to deliver the best shared outcomes for the people in Essex.
  • The Chief Executive also acts as an ambassador for Essex County Council, influencing Government, policy makers, regulatory agencies, partners and stakeholders and promoting the activities of Essex County Council.
  • Gavin ensures Essex County Council delivers its identified outcomes within available resources, underpinned by a strong financial and risk management culture, and that a strong commissioning and commercial ethos underpins all activity, with plans in place to maximise income for the organisation.
  • It is his role to ensure that the Council’s ambitions for economic growth and prosperity are fulfilled as well as developing strong, collaborative partnerships within the public, private, community and voluntary sectors to ensure that working delivers the best agreed outcomes for people and businesses in Essex.
  • Gavin also develops and drives strategies to promote resilient, independent communities, underpinned by active volunteering and engagement, robust prevention and early intervention programmes.
  • Ensuring services for vulnerable children and adults are good is a crucial responsibility for him, meeting the requirements of regulators, and underpinned by the most innovative prevention and early intervention practice.
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