Corporate Management Team
Roddy Burns, Chief Executive
As Head of Paid Services and Chief Executive of the Moray Council, Roddy is ultimately responsible for providing leadership, motivation and strategic direction for the council’s staff and co-ordinating policy development and overseeing general management through the Corporate Management Team.
Working closely with colleagues in the Corporate Management Team and elected members of the council, his role is to ensure that the council’s corporate objectives are supported across the council by its various departments and their staff. To deliver the council’s vision for Moray to be a place where people choose to live, learn, work and enjoy.
It is Roddy’s responsibility to ensure that strategic decisions are implemented and to monitor their implementation and to encourage an ethos of continuous improvement in all areas of activity within the council.
One of his key roles is to work with senior civil servants of the Scottish Government to ensure that the shared aims of the Single Outcome Agreement are achieved.
The functions of the Chief Executive’s Office include community planning, best value, governance, corporate planning, public performance reporting, community development and engagement, equalities, emergency planning and internal and external communications and public relations.
Other responsibilities are civic ceremonies.
As Chief Executive, his commitments within the council include attendance at all meetings of the full council held on an eight-weekly cycle, meetings of the policy and resources committee held monthly, meetings of the audit and scrutiny committee held every eight weeks and meetings of the Moray Community, also held every eight weeks.
The service development group, comprising corporate directors, senior members of the administration group and myself also meets on a regular basis. Roddy also meets with the other political groups represented in the Council.
Roddy’s regular external commitments include meetings of Scottish local authority Chief Executives, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, the Convention of the Highlands and Islands, strategic co-ordinating groups for emergency planning.
Laurence Findlay, Corporate Director (Education & Social Care)
Overall responsibility for the leadership, management, development and delivery of education and childrens' services.
Main areas of responsibility: Schools and Curriculum Development, Children and Families Services, Sport and Leisure, Lifelong Learning, Libraries and Criminal Justice.
Education & Social Care
Rhona Gunn, Corporate Director (EDP&I)
Overall strategic management, development and delivery of economic development, planning and infrastructure..
Main areas of responsibility: Economic development including planning, development control and related regulatory services; housing and property services; transportation and public roads, civil engineering consultancy and other environmental services including waste management.
Economic Development, Planning & Infrastructure
Denise Whitworth, Acting Corporate Director (Corporate Services)
Overall management, development and delivery of Corporate Services encompassing finance, procurement, customer services, democratic services, legal, HR and ICT.