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.


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.