Senior officers

Find out about the council employees who implement decisions and run services

Gavin Jones

Chief Executive

Salary: £198,875

The first half of Gavin’s career was in a variety of private enterprises and market sectors, including travel and tourism, technology and telecommunications. As Director of Business Development at Galileo International, he worked extensively in the Middle East for some years. In 2004 he left SITA International (Airline telecommunications company) based in Geneva, having served as Vice President Marketing and Customer Services, to join Swindon Borough Council, his hometown. 

Gavin served as CEO Swindon for 10 years and joined Essex County Council as CEO in 2016. 

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 has been the Chair of the SOLACE Group of companies since 2017. 

In 2022, Gavin was appointed as by the DLUHC Secretary of State as Lead Commissioner for Slough Borough Council and Thurrock Council (in addition to his current roles) as a consequence of Government intervention.



Phone: 03330 138585

Declaration of interests

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Gifts and hospitality

Gavin Jones gifts and hospitality July 2017 to August 2018 (XLS, 37KB)

Gavin Jones gifts and hospitality November 2016 to July 2017 (XLS, 50KB)

Mileage and expenses

Mileage and expenses 2021 to 2022 (XLS, 11.75KB)

Mileage and expenses 2020 to 2021 (XLS, 58.88KB)

Mileage and expenses 2019 to 2020 (XLS, 181KB)

Mileage and expenses 2018 to 2019 (XLS, 60KB)

Mileage and expenses 2017 to 2018 (XLS, 65KB)

Mileage and expenses 2016 to 2017 (XLS, 50KB)