Wiltshire Council was established as a unitary authority in 2009 when one county council and four district councils merged. We employ 3,450 FTE staff (4,600 headcount), are the 9th largest council and the 3rd largest planning authority with a gross annual budget of £900 million.
We deliver more than 350 services to the people of Wiltshire, from public health and social care to planning and street maintenance, schools and libraries. Our vision is to build stronger communities and our core values underpin what we do, what we stand for and how we do things. We are committed to building communities that foster a sense of belonging and self-sufficiency, where we support residents to resolve issues locally and empower our people to act.
We’re a forward-thinking council that’s always ready to embrace new ideas. And we recognise a good idea can come from anyone, at any level. That’s why we encourage our people to be innovative and find new ways to tackle old issues. Our values support this and make us unique; we embrace change, treat everyone fairly and value diversity.
We focus on opportunities and possibilities, rather than limitations, and we promote flexible working. We want to ensure that we encourage a culture that places customers at its centre and our staff engagement team #EPIC are working to improve engagement to maintain and improve our positive culture and our behaviours framework details the behaviours and attitudes required by all employees to support delivery of this positive culture, and defines how our they are be expected to carry out their role.
Wiltshire Council has been Conservative controlled since its inception in 2009, and has been consistently led by Cllr Jane Scott OBE, who was made Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE in 2015. Prior to unitary, Baroness Scott was leader of Wiltshire County Council from 2003. As such, she is the longest serving leader of any shire council in England and the only leader of a county unitary authority still in position since 2009.
Wiltshire Council Cabinet
Leadership & Management
Wiltshire Council does not have a chief executive and has operated with three corporate directors since 2013. Following the 2017 local elections, the council agreed its new business plan setting out a blueprint for next 10 years. Cabinet was clear that in order to deliver this ambitious plan they needed the right organisational structure and strategic management and agreed a new senior management structure led by four corporate directors.
Some key facts about Wiltshire Council
- Established in 2009 (one county and four districts merged)
- Employs – 3,450 FTE staff (4,600 headcount)
- 9th largest council, 3rd largest planning authority
- Wiltshire Council has been rated the best council to work for in the UK 2017 by Glassdoor and has a current employee rating of 4.4 out of 5
- Gross annual budget – £900 million
- 3rd largest collector of local income
- 18 community area boards
- £1.6 million pa grant funding devolved to boards
- Each £1 allocated levers £7
- £11.2 million community investment pa
- 282 in every 10,000 children supported by social care
- 5,000 service users - adult social care services
- 700 adults supported supported
- Three main administrative hubs at:
- Monkton Park, Chippenham
- Bourne Hill, Sailisbury
- County Hall, Trowbridge
County Hall, Trowbridge