Chief Executive and Head of Paid Services – £149,995

Phil NorreyPhil Norrey is the Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service.

Role and responsibilities

Leading on the strategic vision for the authority, Phil has responsibility for ensuring the Council is future ready and makes the most of opportunities to be inventive, flexible and responsive to local need.

Phil’s remit covers Corporate Services which includes Democratic Services, Policy, Legal Services, Communications, Human Resources, Finance and Business Strategy and Support.


Phil was educated at Colchester Royal Grammar School and Bristol University where he gained a First Class Honours Degree in History. He taught at Bristol University while completing a PhD in Seventeenth Century Political and Administrative History.

After leaving Bristol, Phil joined the Audit Commission where he was engaged for two years mainly on a series of studies in value for money in education. The next step took him to Somerset County Council where Phil worked in a number of departments before settling in Education.

In 1996 he moved to the newly formed North Somerset Council as Assistant Director of Education responsible for policy and strategy, school planning and education finance. In April 1998 Phil joined Devon County Council as Deputy Director of Education, Arts and Libraries and was appointed Director in 2003. He took up the post of Chief Executive of Devon County Council in February 2006. Phil is a member of the Devon Children’s Trust Board.

In 2004 he was appointed Honorary Fellow of Exeter University. In 2001/2, Phil was Chair of the Association of County Council Chief Executives and is currently SOLACE spokesperson for children and families.

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