The Town Clerk
The Town Council’s executive officer is the Town Clerk whose duties include the carrying out of all the functions, and in particular to serve or issue all the notifications required by law of a local authority. Blandford Forum Town Council’s Town Clerk is Linda Scott-Giles and is responsible for ensuring that the instructions of the Council in connection with its function as a Local Authority are carried out. Linda leads a team of 9 full-time and 9 part-time staff plus the honorary roles of Mace Bearer, Deputy Mace Bearer, Town Crier, and Deputy Town Crier. The ratio between the Town Clerk’s salary and the median average salary of the whole of the authority’s workforce is 2.2:1.
The Assistant Town Clerk
The Town Council’s Assistant Town Clerk works alongside the Town Clerk to ensure smooth and effective daily running of the Town Council. Blandford Forum Town Council’s Assistant Town Clerk is Leani Haim. Leani provides full administrative support to the Town Council for all aspects of its operations, and has responsibility for the Administrative Assistant and Bookings Receptionist.
The Grounds & Property Manager
The Grounds and Properties Manager is responsible for managing all aspects of the Town Council’s Grounds and Property Portfolio and manages and ensures compliance with relevant health and safety regulations and codes of practice with due regard for the health and safety and welfare of all Council employees, contractors, visitors and users to Council venues. Blandford Forum Town Council’s Grounds and Property Manager is Jon Goodenough. Jon leads a team of 6 groundsmen, 3 caretakers/grounds assistants and the Grounds and Property Supervisor.
Responsible Financial Officer
The RFO is responsible for the proper administration of the Town Council’s financial affairs under the line management of the Town Clerk who retains overall financial control. Blandford Forum Town Council’s RFO is Jenny Tempier. Jenny ensures the smooth and effective daily financial running of the Town Council.
The Market Manager is responsible for the running of the indoor and outdoor markets and to promote existing and introduce new markets. Blandford Forum Town Council’s Market Manager is Andy Reynolds.
The Project/Clerical Administrator contributes towards enabling Town Council projects to meet their strategic objectives. Blandford Forum Town Council’s Project Administrator is Sally Gardner.
Grounds & Property Supervisor
The Grounds and Property Supervisor plans work schedules and communicates these with the staff, ensuring all works are carried out to a high standard. Blandford Forum Town Council’s Grounds and Property Supervisor ensures that the Council’s leisure and recreation facilities and open spaces are maintained to a high standard, specifically the upkeep of the Cemetery for which the Town Council often receives praise.
Bookings Receptionist / Administrative Assistant
The Bookings Receptionist carries out general reception duties and operates and maintains the computerised bookings system for the Town Council’s venues, including the administration and liaising with hirers and council staff. Blandford Forum Town Council’s Bookings Receptionist also carries out general typing and office duties.
Mayor’s Secretary / Administrative Assistant
The Mayor’s Secretary maintains the Mayor’s diary, correspondence, organisation and attendance at civic events as well as other office duties and acts as Planning Clerk for the Town Council’s Planning Committee.
The Grounds Staff undertake the maintenance and upkeep of the Town Council’s leisure and recreation facilities, and open spaces, together with all the Council’s buildings under the training and guidance of the Grounds and Property Manager. Blandford Forum Town Council has three full-time Grounds Staff and three part-time members of Grounds Staff who all ensure that the Town Council’s facilities are maintained to a high standard.
The Caretakers ensure that the Town Council’s buildings and landholdings are maintained to a high standard and prepared for their varied uses under the training and guidance of the Grounds and Property Manager. Blandford Forum Town Council has 3 full-time Caretakers who all attend to the security, cleaning and maintenance of the Council’s buildings and grounds and the preparation of the buildings for hirers.
The Town Council aims that each employee and Member feels respected and able to give their best. It therefore adheres to an Equality Policy.