New Plymouth chief executive to take a pay cut

August 02, 2012 10:42 AM

As the West Country trend for cutting the pay of incoming chief executives picks up pace—following recent success in Bath—the new boss of Plymouth City Council is having her pay cut by £20,000 in order to reduce the gap between top and bottom earners.

‘On a number of occasions we ourselves expressed concerns that chief executives are being paid a considerable amount of money,’ said the council cabinet member responsible for finance, ‘and we have people who are paid a considerably small amount of money in comparison. Previously the ratio between the top job and the lowest grade was 14 to 1 and now the ratio will be reduced to 12 to 1. We'd like to see that move further in the future.’ Yes please!

The reduction in salary means Plymouth residents will pay about 58 pence per head of population for their council boss, that’s eight pence less than they currently pay. New Plymouth Chief Executive Tracey Lee will earn £150,000 (not including pension contributions) when she takes up her post later this year.

Ms Lee has been zigzagging around the country in pursuit of senior council jobs for some time. Currently the managing director of Newport City Council since 2009, where the TPA drew attention to her being the second-highest-paid council official in Gwent on £141,479 (including pension contributions of £23,718), she was previously Corporate Director at Ipswich Borough Council for over seven years. Originally a biology teacher, she began her career in local government 22 years ago at Test Valley Council as an Environmental Liaison Officer, where she won a Manager of the Year Award for her work on promoting litter and recycling initiatives.

 As the West Country trend for cutting the pay of incoming chief executives picks up pace—following recent success in Bath—the new boss of Plymouth City Council is having her pay cut by £20,000 in order to reduce the gap between top and bottom earners.

‘On a number of occasions we ourselves expressed concerns that chief executives are being paid a considerable amount of money,’ said the council cabinet member responsible for finance, ‘and we have people who are paid a considerably small amount of money in comparison. Previously the ratio between the top job and the lowest grade was 14 to 1 and now the ratio will be reduced to 12 to 1. We'd like to see that move further in the future.’ Yes please!

The reduction in salary means Plymouth residents will pay about 58 pence per head of population for their council boss, that’s eight pence less than they currently pay. New Plymouth Chief Executive Tracey Lee will earn £150,000 (not including pension contributions) when she takes up her post later this year.

Ms Lee has been zigzagging around the country in pursuit of senior council jobs for some time. Currently the managing director of Newport City Council since 2009, where the TPA drew attention to her being the second-highest-paid council official in Gwent on £141,479 (including pension contributions of £23,718), she was previously Corporate Director at Ipswich Borough Council for over seven years. Originally a biology teacher, she began her career in local government 22 years ago at Test Valley Council as an Environmental Liaison Officer, where she won a Manager of the Year Award for her work on promoting litter and recycling initiatives.

 

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