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 has overall responsibility for Finance, Revenues & Benefits, Corporate Services, and Operational Services (excluding Housing, Planning and Economic Development), and the statutory responsibilities of Deputy Head of Paid Service, and Chief Finance Officer.

James BarrahJames Barrah, Director - Housing & Communities

The Director of Housing and Communities is responsible for all of both Councils’ assets with responsibility for a wide ranging property and development service including new build housing developments and housing enabling.

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 and the delivery of Taunton’s growth and regeneration plans.

Bruce LangBruce Lang, Assistant Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer

The Assistant Chief Executive & Monitoring Officer is responsible for the core functions of Democratic Services, Elections, Legal Services and Communications and Public Relations.