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Salary of Royal Borough managing director to rise to £140,000

James Harrison

James Harrison

The highest paid employee of the Royal Borough is in line for a further pay rise.

An updated Pay Policy Statement approved by full council on Tuesday, Friday, February 21, recommended an increase in the salary of managing director Alison Alexander to £140,000, not including pension contributions.

Ms Alexander is also strategic director for adult, children and health services, for which she currently receives £125,000 a year.

This is then topped up by a further £15,000 to account for her extra responsibilities as managing director, which takes her overall pay packet to £140,000.

The proposal, which will be put to the council’s Employment Panel for final approval, will see the salary element of her pay absorb the £15,000 additional payment when she moves solely into the managing director’s role.

The move would also see the pay ratio between the borough’s lowest paid employee widen from 9.2 to 9.46.

“There’s an important point to raise, which is that she also ceases to be director of children’s services when we finish the transition with Achieving for Children,” said Cllr Simon Dudley (Con, Bray), the leader of the council.

“But this is a decision for the Employment Panel.”

He added: “We want to retain top staff.”

The borough’s children’s services department is due to be transferred to a partnership with the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames and Royal Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames, while adult services is to be transferred to private firm Optalis.

The decision has been backed by leader of the council opposition, Cllr Lynne Jones (Old Windsor, Old Windsor Residents’ Association).

She also said it was important for the borough to adhere to salary benchmarks set by neighbouring and other comparable local authorities.

She said; “I don’t agree with everything that has happened over the past few years.

“But to be honest I think it would be the worst thing possible if we had a change at the top at this particular time.”

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  • Pursuer

    12:12, 06 March 2017

    The salary + perks will be almost as much as the Prime Minister. Does she have the responsibilities of the PM? Certainly not. Does she work the hours of the PM? I very much doubt it. So councillors- we will remember your excesses with public money when elections come around. That, of course, is the only time certain of you remember rate payers.

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  • Pursuer

    17:05, 03 March 2017

    So what's this- more money for less work? No wonder she's looking so happy. Does this massive pay rise form part of the unavoidable cuts which we are told must be made? As per davdlave1234- what does she do? I can't recall much publicity about her 'work'. Would we have even heard about this if it wasn't for the Advertiser? I doubt it. Is this why certain of our councillors wish to stifle reporting & exclude the Advertiser from meetings? (See Editor's article re the Black Hole)

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  • davidlave1234

    16:04, 03 March 2017

    Could someone give us a brake down of this lady's exact job and what she has a responsibility for. As i see that some of the items she is responsible for are being move to other council.How can you justify this amount when Maidenhead has people living on the streets, as does Windsor. With nowhere to live or go for lack of place for them to live. As most of the flats or single room are over £500 pr month without bills or food

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