About the Council
We have 55 elected councillors who make decisions to help improve our services.
The decisions are informed by the ideas of the political parties they represent.
We employ 391 officers, who help to deliver our services to residents and work with councillors to achieve our aims for customers.
We also have a Mayor. To find out more visit our Mayor pages.
Full Council is our governing body.
- Leader of the Council
- Corporate Services (and Deputy Leader)
- Communities and Public Engagement
- Environmental Services
- Housing and Health
- Leisure and Arts
- Planning and Infrastructure
- Cobtree Manor Estate Charity Committee
- Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment Museum Trust Committee
Overview and Scrutiny
Policy advisory committees (PAC)
- Corporate Services PAC
- Communities, Housing and the Environment PAC
- Economic Regeneration and Leisure PAC
- Planning and Infrastructure PAC
- Audit Governance and Standards Committee
- Licensing Committee (and Licensing sub-committee when required)
- Planning Committee
A full list can be found in our Your Councillors section.
The day-to-day management of the council and its services is carried out by the Corporate Leadership Team.
- Alison Broom, Chief Executive
- William Cornall, Director of Regeneration and Place
- Mark Green, Director of Finance and Business Improvement
- Angela Woodhouse, Director of Strategy, Insight and Governance
- Georgia Hawkes, Director of Mid Kent Services
Our staff structure will show you which of our services they look after.
Find out more about our priorities – Great People, Great Place, Great Opportunity
Employee Structure and Salaries
The government has set out a clear commitment to improved transparency about how it spends public money.
This includes details of the size and shape of public bodies and about the work employees do for their companies.
Find out about the pay and conditions given to employees including the salaries of the most senior officers of the council and some organisation details as background to their management scope and responsibilities.
Details of the Pay Multiple are contained within the Pay Policy.
Mid Kent Services
Mid Kent Services (MKS) is a partnership between us, Swale Borough Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council which started in 2008. Working together we aim to improve and reduce the cost of services to residents across Mid-Kent.
The partnership is flexible enough to meet the needs of each partner, which ensures its long term future. Some projects and services involve all three boroughs, while some only involve two. Others involve neighbouring boroughs, for example Ashford Borough Council is part of the shared Internal Audit service.
Each partner leads the partnership for a year starting in September. Maidstone are leading the partnership this year. Next year it'll be Swale.
How is MKS governed
- MKS Board
- Cabinet/Committee meetings
- Shared service board meetings
- Full Council meetings
There are currently seven shared services in the partnership and one shared manager post. The host authority is the one that employs those in the shared service.
|Service||Host Authority||Other Authorities|
|Environmental Health||Tunbridge Wells||Maidstone|
|ICT||Maidstone||Swale and Tunbridge Wells|
|Internal Audit||Maidstone||Ashford, Swale and Tunbridge Wells|
|Land Charges||Maidstone||Swale and Tunbridge Wells|
|Legal||Swale||Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells|
|Parking Enforcement||No host||Maidstone and Swale|
|Revenues and Benefits||Maidstone||Tunbridge Wells|
The MKS Board
- Cllr David Burton - Our Leader
- Cllr Jonathan Purle - Deputy
- Roger Truelove - SBC Leader
- Cllr Alan McDermott - TWBC Leader
- Cllr Tom Dawlings - TWBC Cabinet Member
- Alison Broom - Our Chief Executive
- Nick Vickers - Swale Borough Council
- William Benson - Chief Executive at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
If you'd like to know more about MKS or have any general questions contact:
- Steve McGinnes, Mid Kent Services Director on 01622 602310
Town Twinning (Beauvais)
Maidstone is twinned with Beauvais, in France.
Beauvais is one of the oldest towns in France. Today, Beauvais is a town of culture with many museums, sporting events, festive and popular urban happenings. Some of the historical sites of Beauvais are absolute 'musts' such as the impressive Cathedral and the Church of Saint-Etienne.
The Twinning Association Committee meets monthly and has an annual meeting and a half-yearly meeting.
Trips are organised to Beauvais each year to the Jeanne Hachette Festival and a sporting weekend is held each year in the autumn, with the hosting of the event taken in turn, one year in Beauvais, the next in Maidstone.
The Committee organises a number of events each year to enable members to get together and members keep in touch with a newsletter which is circulated every three to four months.