Organisational Structure

Daventry District Council provides essential local services for Daventry District, supporting the daily needs of residents, businesses and visitors. The organisation has around 200 members of staff, also known as officers, that operate the Council's services and work towards the authority's vision to Develop a Better District.

It is the role of officers to provide advice and assistance to all councillors and to implement the decisions which councillors make. This page sets out the organisation structure of the Council.

Find out more about Daventry District Councillors

Find out more about the Council's Vision and Values

Find out about Governance and read the Council's Constitution

Senior management team

The Senior Management Team is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Council. They co-ordinate support to the elected Members and manage staff and services to enable the organisation to deliver its corporate and strategic goals.

By law, senior Council staff are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all Councillors irrespective of their political affiliation.

The Senior Management Team consists of the Chief Executive (also Head of Paid Service), who is supported by a Deputy Chief Executive and three Executive Directors with responsibility for the Council's service areas. These service areas are grouped into three teams - Business, Community and Resources.

Chief Executive

Ian Vincent B.A. (Hons) Arch, Dip Arch, RIBA  

(PA: Amy James - 01327 302436)

Ian Vincent is the Council's Chief Executive and Head of Paid Service. The Head of Paid Service is a statutory appointment (section 4 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989).  
Ian has responsibility for the central direction and overall management of the organisation's services and staff and works closely with elected Members to deliver the following:

Chief Executive Ian Vincent

  • Leadership: working with elected Members to ensure strong and visible leadership and direction, encouraging and enabling managers to motivate and inspire their teams

  • Strategic direction: ensuring all staff understand and adhere to the strategic aims of the organisation and follow the direction set by the elected Members

  • Policy advice: acting as the principal policy adviser to the elected Members of the Council to lead the development of workable strategies which will deliver the political objectives set by the elected Members

  • Partnerships: leading and developing strong partnerships across the local community to achieve improved outcomes and better public services for local people

  • Operational management: overseeing financial and performance management, risk management, people management and change management within the council

  • Ian is also the Council’s Returning Officer under the Representation of the People Act 1983

Deputy Chief Executive

Simon Bovey 

(PA: Fiona Rye - 01327 302400)

Simon Bovey is the Council's Deputy Chief Executive.
The role of Deputy Chief Executive supports the work of the Chief Executive and: 

Simon Bovey

  • is accountable for the direction and development of services to ensure that the Corporate Plan is delivered

  • supports and develops managers to manage service delivery, performance, employees and budgets;

  • establishes performance management systems that support and encourage continuous improvement;

  • develops partnerships to achieve the strategic vision and outcomes of the Council

  • works collaboratively with Members to provide effective and coordinated advice and support


Simon is also the Council’s Monitoring Officer. This is a statutory appointment (section 5 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989).  The role of the Monitoring Officer is to ensure that the Council always acts lawfully and within its own rules and procedures as set down in the Council’s Constitution. The Monitoring Officer is expected to promote good governance and will arrange for allegations of misconduct by members to be investigated.

Executive Directors

Executive Directors are responsible for the efficient provision of a range of operational services in accordance with the corporate plan.  They develop partnership working arrangements at all levels which improve service delivery for the local community and provide advice and support to Members to assist them in their decision making.

Simon Bowers

Executive Director (Business)

Simon Bowers


Simon manages the Council's Business Team, with responsibility for the following services:


Asset management

Property management

Facilities management


Car parks

Emergency planning

Business continuity

Corporate procurement

Corporate performance

Rights of way

Construction projects

Town regeneration & development

Engineering & architectural services

Building Control

Asset & property maintenance

Town centre management

Economic development

Spatial planning (Local Plans)

Housing strategy

Delivery of affordable housing

Homelessness strategy

Housing Allocation Scheme

Corporate strategies

Local Strategic Partnership

Community strategy

Consultation (corporate)

Environmental Services Contract:

Waste and recycling

Street sweeping

Grounds maintenance

Country Parks (operations) and open spaces

Public toilets


Maria Taylor

Executive Director (Community) 

Maria Taylor


Maria manages the Council's Community
Team, with responsibility for the following


Development Control

Community cohesion

Community Safety Partnership

Youth engagement and


Care & Repair

Voluntary sector support

Older people

Contact Centre

Energy conservation

Environmental promotion

Country Parks (business and



Housing allocations

Housing advice

Medical assessments

Disabled Facilities Grants

Homes to Stay

Housing Conditions Enforcement (including private sector housing)

Dog warden services

Nuisance control (including noise)

Pollution control

Environmental crime

Pest control

Air quality

Contaminated land

Private water supply regulation

Occupational health & safety

Corporate health & safety

Food safety

Health Improvement


Tony Gillet

Executive Director (Resources)

Tony Gillet


Tony manages the Council's Resources Team, with responsibility for the following services:


Internal Audit





IT services

Business transformation

Website (technical development)

Communications, media &



Land Charges

Street naming and numbering

Council tax collection

Business rates

Council tax benefits

Housing benefits

Fraud investigation

Human Resources

Organisational development

Committee support


Legal services

Financial Management

Audra Statham ACMA


Audra Statham is the Council’s Chief Financial Officer. This is a statutory appointment (section 151 of the Local Government  Act 1972).

Audra Statham

The Chief Financial Officer has responsibility for the financial administration of the Council, ensuring all expenditure is lawful and within a balanced budget.

She has a responsibility to the Council, at the time the budget is considered and the Council Tax set, to report on the robustness of the budget estimates and the adequacy of financial reserves.