Finance and Corporate Services
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.
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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 best use of our finances.
Keith O’Donnell, 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 co-ordination 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.
Morag Ferguson, Head of Legal Services
Legal 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 Services also has responsibility for licensing and regulatory functions (eg liquor and taxi licences).
Linda Bissett, Head of Democratic Services
Democratic Services 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.