Executive salaries and expenses

Information about the salaries and expenses of executive officers.

Oxfordshire County Council considers it important to be open and transparent about what we pay our Chief Executive and senior officers.

The table below provides information on the salaries of the Chief Executive and directors.


Post Salary
Chief Executive £194,066 pa
Director for Public Health £180,987 pa
Director for Children, Education  and Families £146,269 pa
Director for Environment and Economy £132,078 pa
Director for Social and Community Services £136,984 pa

Chief Executive

The Chief Executive, Joanna Simons, is the statutory Head of Paid Service accountable for the council's gross expenditure of £873 million. She is accountable for the work of around 6,000 employees across the service directorates who deliver a wide range of services to the community including Oxfordshire's schools.

The standard working week is Monday to Friday, however, the Chief Executive is routinely involved in working evenings and weekends. This includes being 'on call' at times, particularly to cover civil contingency and emergency management requirements. No extra payments are made for such extended hours.

Chief Officer pay is normally reviewed every two years and fixed in line with the average for county councils. The last review was done in 2009, however, the Chief Executive and Management Team refused any rise in view of the recession.

The Chief Executive is accountable to all 63 county councillors and is subject to a formal annual appraisal and review by the Leader of the Council and opposition leaders.

Chief officers listed above contribute 11.4 - 12.5 per cent of their salary into the Local Government Pension scheme. The council makes an employer's contribution of 20 per cent into the scheme.

More information about the roles of the other directors can be found on the website under each service area.

Payment of expenses

It is sometimes necessary for employees of Oxfordshire County Council to travel for business purposes or to incur expenses directly related to their duties. They can claim for these expenses by following properly controlled procedures. On some occasions it will be appropriate for chief officers to provide hospitality to guests away from normal council facilities and this expense may also be reimbursed where appropriate.

Oxfordshire County Council employees are able to reclaim a restricted range of legitimate business expenses, including business travel. None of this reimbursement is for profit and evidence of the expense and why it was necessary must be provided before any payment is made.

Business expenses claimed by the Chief Executive and directors are shown via the links below. These include a mileage rate of 45p per mile for officers using their own vehicle (this reduces to 25p per mile for anyone travelling more than 10,000 miles a year). Subsistence is payable in certain circumstances where officers are required to take meals away from their normal place of work.

Expenses are reported quarterly - see links below for each post:

Last reviewed
09 April 2015
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