Directorates and service areas
Chief Executive's Office
Interim Chief Executive: Gordon Mitchell
- 0845 245 6000
- 01422 393085
- Town Hall
Halifax HX1 1UJ.
The Chief Executives Office includes Business Change and Performance Management, Finance, Democratic and Partnership Services, and Human Resources.
Business Change and Performance Management
Head of Service: Peter Hartley
- 01422 393400
- 01422 393427.
The Business Change and Performance Service provides the following support to the Council, Schools and Partner Organisations:
- Information, Communication and Technology (ICT)
- Catering and Cleaning services
- Performance Improvement
- Programme and Project Management
- Transformation of Services.
Head of Finance: Peter Smith
- 0845 245 6000
- 01422 393533.
- Princess Buildings
Halifax HX1 1TP.
Finance provide a comprehensive range of financial management and advisory services to the Council and its Directorates in order to meet the legal requirements of financial transactions undertaken and to help improve value for money within the Council. The main services provided include revenue and capital budget preparation and monitoring; internal audit; risk management; insurance; local management of schools; procurement; payments and treasury management.
Democratic and Partnership Services
Head of Democratic and Partnership Services: Ian R. Hughes
- 0845 245 6000
- 01422 393073
- Westgate House
Halifax HX1 1PS.
Committee services: provides administrative support to the Council's decision-making committees. Council and committee meetings are held on an eight week cycle and are open to the public.
Mayoralty: provides staff support for the Mayor of Calderdale .
Many other services, including the administrative support for local councillors and the hire of meeting rooms in the Town Hall to individuals or organisations.
Legal services: provides a full legal service to the Council and its Services.
Common land: detailing the land registered as a common or village green within Calderdale, and the rights that may be exercised over such land.
Partnership Services: Calderdale Forward is the district's Local Strategic Partnership (often abbreviated to LSP). It brings together the organisations that have a shared interest in, and commitment to, promoting the social, environmental and economic well-being of Calderdale. It promotes effective strategic planning and partnership working. Public sector organisations, the voluntary and community sector and local businesses are all involved in Calderdale Forward.
Calderdale Forward's aim is to improve the quality of life for people in the District. Its role is to develop an overall strategic vision for the area and ensure it is delivered. This is Calderdale's Sustainable Community Strategy. Calderdale Forward is also responsible for delivering the vision and underpinning ambitions of the Sustainable Community Strategy through its Local Area Agreement.
Further details including the membership, partnership structure and working arrangements of Calderdale Forward can be found at Calderdale Forward|. Alternatively contact the LSP and Partnerships Manager or LSP Support Team at:
3rd Floor Westgate House, Westgate, Halifax HX1 1PS.
Human Resources (HR)
Head of HR: John Walsh
- 0845 120 6099
- 01422 288306.
3rd Floor, G Mill
Halifax HX3 5AX.
Calderdale Council employs approximately 8,000 people. These employees are the Council's most important resource, accounting for around 67 per cent of the estimated total net budget of the Council. They translate other resources and policies into effective service for the citizens of Calderdale.
The Council is committed to the recruitment, retention and development of a skilled, efficient and well-motivated workforce capable of delivering quality services in a safe and healthy environment.
The Personnel Service aims to help the effective management of the Council's human and other resources through its five main areas:
- Health and safety
Responsible for ensuring that the Council complies with its health and safety obligations. This is achieved by developing policies, guidance and training strategies and monitoring, and inspecting work places and activities. Appropriate advice is given to managers and employees to ensure work activities and the public's safety are not compromised.
Information on health and safety issues can be obtained from the Health and Safety Section, telephone 01422 393067.
- Service support
Responsible for providing strategic advice and support to improve the Council's performance. The section also provides advice and support for equality of opportunity in employment, prevention of unfair discrimination at work, to securing a better quality of life for those with disabilities.
Information on service support can be obtained from the Service Support Section, telephone 01422 392874.
Responsible for policies and strategies to attract, retain and develop an effective workforce. Provides a framework for managing change constructively. Encourages and assists in the provision of high standards of personnel management and practice across the authority.
Information on personnel issues can be obtained from the Personnel Section, telephone 01422 288406.
- Learning and Development
Responsible for learning and development activities aimed at maximising the potential of employees, and to assist the Council in the achievement of its strategic objectives. The Section provides advice, guidance, and support to all directorates of the Council in the pursuit of the Investors in People Award.
The Council has an arrangement with Calderdale College for the delivery of nearly all vocational training. The Learning and Development Unit works with the College to ensure that relevant cost-effective training is being delivered.
Information on learning and development matters can be obtained from the Learning and Development Section, telephone 01422 392865.
- Central Services
Responsible for a range of central services including secretarial, word processing, printing and reprographics, and the management of Northgate House.
Information on Central Services can be obtained from the Service Support Section, telephone 01422 392874.