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Council Structure

The three main standing committees are:

  1. Finance
  2. Planning
  3. Community, Culture and Economic Growth

Committees are appointed at the Council’s Annual General Meeting in May each year.

The Committee Structure can be viewed here.

Council Staff Team

The Council employs staff to support the Councillors and to manage the Council business.

Please click here for the current staffing structure.

Town Clerk

The Town Clerk, Mrs Viv Tunnadine  is an experienced qualified clerk. Mrs Tunnadine was a committee member of the Cumbrian Branch of the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC), and a Cumbria Association of Local Councils (CALC) panel member for the Local Council Award Scheme which has been designed to celebrate the successes of the very best local councils, and to provide a framework to support all local councils to improve and develop to meet their full potential.

The clerk is the council’s principal executive and adviser. The clerk is not answerable to any individual councillor – not even the chairman. He/she is an independent and unbiased employee of the council, recognising that the council is responsible for all decisions and taking instruction from the council as a body. If the council has other members of staff then the clerk is their line manager.

As the council’s proper officer the clerk is responsible for implementing council policy; ensuring the council acts within the law; advising the council on all aspects of its work and may have delegated powers of decision making especially in urgent situations.

The clerk has a key role in advising the council, and its members, on governance, ethical and procedural matters.

The Town Clerk acts as clerk to Full Council.

You can contact the clerk: townclerk@penrithtowncouncil.co.uk

Services & Contracts Manager

The Services and Contracts Manager, Ian Parker, is an experienced local government officer, having spent 18 years working within the area of leisure and community services which involved the management of contracts, grounds maintenance, sports development, events and play area services.

The Services and Contracts Manager will lead the implementation of the devolution of assets primarily from Eden District Council.

The Town Council is increasing its assets and the Services and Contracts Manager will manage contracts to ensure that assets are inspected and maintained to a high standard and that the Council’s service standards are met.

The Services and Contracts Manager will manage the Penrith Town Caretaker who is being contracted to ensure that many of the Council’s assets are inspected, repaired and cleaned ensuring that they are fit for use for the public and present Penrith as an attractive, well maintained and welcoming Town.

The Services and Contracts Manager will be supporting new and established Community Groups who are seeking to make improvements to open space and land owned and maintained by the Town Council including improvements to play areas, street furniture and the wider environment.

To contact the Services and Contracts manager:

Email: scmanager@penrithtowncouncil.co.uk

Deputy Town Clerk

The Deputy Town Clerk, Rosalyn Richardson, is an experienced democratic services officer. Her responsibilities include:

  • Preparing agendas for meetings and despatching them to Members and others as required for committees within the DTC remit
  • Taking accurate minutes at the various meetings and publishing the agreed minutes as appropriate
  • Using relevant software systems including MS Office and finance systems
  • Preparing material for the web site
  • Mayor’s administration and the Council’s civic responsibilities
  • Co-ordinating Civic functions including tasks such as booking the venue, organising the catering and printing, issuing invitations and attending as required
  • Implementing policies of the Council as and when required
  • Delegated authority for budgets relating to services
  • Providing support to the Asset Transfer Support Officer for the process of the transfer of devolved assets and services from the principal authority
  • Responsible for the day to day management of the Council’s services and assets

The Deputy Town Clerk acts as clerk for the Planning Committee and the Penrith Neighbourhood Plan Group.

To contact the Deputy Town Clerk:

Email: deputytownclerk@penrithtowncouncil.co.uk

Asset Transfer Support Officer

The Council’s Asset Transfer Support Officer, David Rawsthorn, recently retired as Finance Director at Eden District Council.

The Asset Transfer Support Officer will lead the implementation of the devolution of assets from Eden District Council, providing a range of support, guidance and advice to the Town Council.

To contact the Asset Transfer Support Officer:

Email: assetofficer@penrithtowncouncil.co.uk

Economic Development Officer

Carol Grey, the Town Council’s Economic Development Officer developed Penrith Business Improvement District and is experienced in town centre management, tourism and business development.

The role and responsibilities of the Economic Development Officer are varied and include :

  • Identifing new initiatives and opportunities for the development of services and the town.
  • Collaborating with Penrith Business Improvement District & Chamber of Trade, Penrith Vision Alliance and representatives from the Principal Authority.
  • Working in partnership with the Penrith Business Improvement District and Penrith Chamber of Trade, developing a Business Plan for Penrith
  • Developing, managing and delivering a range of economic initiatives and projects in line with the Council’s Strategic Priorities.
  • Facilitating, promoting and developing high quality relationships with significant employers, businesses, stakeholders, business associations and networks, economic development partners and those seeking to invest in the area.
  • Responsible for the promotion of Penrith, to raising its profile, leading to more visitors, increased footfall, and longer dwell time and higher spend.

To contact the Economic Development Officer:

Email: economicdevelopmentofficer@penrithtowncouncil.co.uk

Community Engagement Officer.

Dr. Anna Malina, Community Engagement Officer has gained a wide range of experience in communication, citizenship, local democracy and community engagement from work in the academic, community, corporate and local government arenas. In her current role with the Town Council, she will oversee media relations and community engagement. Current responsibilities include:

  • Preparation of letters, presentations and reports in conjunction with other officers.
  • Monitoring and updating the Council’s social media and website.
  • Leading on all matters related to community engagement, consultation, information dissemination and community feedback.
  • Arranging and promoting Councillor Surgeries and/or other interactive activities that support Town Councillors who wish to interrelate and listen to the needs of the local community.
  • Arranging, delivering and analysing consultations
  • Assisting in arranging and facilitating meetings.

Fresh approaches to community engagement both online and offline will be identified and explore; and Anna is interested in working with partners to scope out fresh approaches to youth engagement.

To contact the Community Engagement Officer

Email: ceofficer@ penrithtowncouncil.co.uk

TO CONTACT THE COUNCIL TEAM BY POST:

Penrith Town Council, Unit 1, 19-24 Friargate, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7XR

BY PHONE:

Tel: 01768 899773