Joint Management Team

West Somerset Council shares a Management Team with Taunton Deane Borough Council.

The Joint Management Team works closely with the Council Leaders, elected Members and with our partners to deliver the corporate priorities for both Councils.

Penny JamesPenny James, Chief Executive for West Somerset Council and Taunton Deane Borough Council

The Chief Executive leads delivery of the corporate management and operational responsibilities of the Councils, and statutory obligations are Head of Paid Service, Returning Officer and Electoral Registration Officer.

Shirlene AdamShirlene Adam, Director - Operations

The Director of Operations main role during 2017/18 will be to focus on the Transformation agenda and the potential creation of a new council. 


James BarrahJames Barrah, Director - Housing & Communities

The Director of Housing and Communities main role during 2017/18 will be to focus on the deliver of services to our community and all the support functions that enable this to happen.


Brendan CleereBrendan Cleere, Director - Growth & Development

The Director of Growth & Development has overall responsibility for planning, regeneration, delivery of community infrastructure, inward investment and economic development. Key priorities include the Hinkley Point nuclear new build.

Bruce LangBruce Lang, Assistant Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer

The Assistant Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer is responsible for Elections and offers support to the senior leadership team on key projects.