BARNSTAPLE TOWN COUNCIL STAFF
The Town Council employs 16 members of staff in total, in the following roles:
Rob Ward is the Council's Town Clerk for Barnstaple is responsible for the overall management of the Council's work, advising the Council, and ensuring its decisions are carried out. They are the Council’s Proper Officer and Responsible Financial Officer, statutory roles that mean he has overall responsibility for all the Council's legal, financial and administrative affairs.
Rob also clerks Full Council, Finance & General Purposes Committee, Planning & Transportation Committee, Staff Committee and Rock Park Trust Management Committee meetings, and is the first point of contact for all of the work of those committees. The role is full-time.
Rob directly line manages the Deputy Town Clerk and the Finance Officer.
The Town Clerk also fulfils a traditional ceremonial role, and can be seen at various civic events in formal robes.
The Town Clerk role is full-time.
Deputy Town Clerk
Kate Graddock is the Council’s Deputy Town Clerk, the designated deputy for all of the Town Clerk’s responsibilities.
Kate also clerks the Council’s Environment, Heritage Culture & Community, and Buildings Review Committees, and is the first point of contact for the work of those committees, including maintenance of highway verges.
Kate directly line manages the Civic & Ceremonial Manager, the Amenities & Property Manager, the Heritage & Cultural Manager, and the Administration Manager.
The Deputy Town Clerk role is full-time.
Janine Reed is the Council’s Administration Manager and oversees all aspects of general administration including Council minutes/agendas, our website and social media presence, our reception and other direct means of contact with the public, booking of Council facilities, debt recovery, and management of our corporate systems.
The post has direct responsibility for the Administration Officer, and is part-time.
Louise Lecky-Thompson is the Council’s Administration Officer, and supports the Administration Manager in carrying out all administrative tasks and is your first point of contact.
The position is part time.
Clive Leworthy is our Amenities Operative, and carries out a range of duties aimed at keeping Barnstaple clean and tidy. These include maintenance of The Square and other planted areas, parish paths, litter collection, and individual ‘clean up’ projects across the town.
This position is full-time and has direct line management for the post of Assistant Amenities Operative.
Amenities & Property Manager
Ian Parker is the Council’s Amenities & Property Manager, and is responsible for all aspects of the Council’s property management and maintenance. He is also the designated responsible officer for health and safety matters.
This position has direct line management responsibility for the Amenities Operative and Cleaner. The post is full-time.
Assistant Amenities Operative
Mark Bailey is the Assistant Amenities Operative, and assists the Amenities Operative in grounds maintenance and street cleaning duties across the town.
This post is full-time .
John Himan is the Beadle. This role deputises in the absence of the Senior Beadle, and assists the Senior Beadle at ceremonial events throughout the year.
The post is part-time.
Civic & Ceremonial Manager
the Civic and Ceremonical Manager organises all of the Council’s ceremonial events including Remembrance, Fair Proclamation, the Mayor’s Civic Service, and Mayor Making.
This post also acts as secretarial support to the Mayor and Deputy Mayor and is the first point of contact for all of the Mayor’s activities and engagements.
The Civic & Ceremonial Manager has direct line management responsibility for the Senior Beadle, Beadle, and the two Macebearers.
The position is part-time.
Chris Jewell is the Council’s Cleaner. He cleans our Barum House offices, the Guildhall, St Anne’s Arts & Community Centre, and the Castle Centre. This post also occasionally assists at Council events.
The position is part-time.
Barry Rondel is the Properties Officer and carries out a range
of property maintenance duties across the Council's buildings.
The post is full-time.
Natasha Lewis is the Council’s Finance Officer, and oversees all of the Council’s day-to-day financial affairs, including supplier payments, allocation of income, bank accounts and reconciliation, management of payroll/pensions, maintaining the Council’s accounts and preparing records and returns for audit and VAT purposes.
The position is part-time.
Heritage & Cultural Manager
Megan Sanders is the Council’s Heritage & Cultural Manager. She oversees heritage, cultural and community events and activities provided by/for the Council, manages the use of Barnstaple Guildhall, oversees heritage tours, and is responsible for volunteers supporting the Council’s heritage work.
This position is part-time.
Lance White is one of our two Macebearers, with the other position filled by Mr Fred Grimwood. Alongside the Senior Beadle and Beadle, the Macebearers carry out important ceremonial roles at civic events.
The Macebearers are part-time positions.
Property Maintenance Operative
Tony Gillen is the Property Maintenance Operative, and carries out a range of property maintenance duties across the Council’s buildings and land. Tony also has some duties in relation to allotments.
This position is full-time.
George Lovering is the Council’s Senior Beadle. He accompanies the Mayor (or Deputy Mayor) to civic engagements and is responsible for the civic regalia when in use by the Mayor.
The Senior Beadle also has specific roles at ceremonial events.
This post is part-time.