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Mike Harries

The role of the Director for Environment and the Economy is to address the challenges of sustainable development in Dorset and is responsible for strategic planning, transport, economic development, environment and waste management.

Name: Mike Harries

Employed in this role since: January 2014

Salary Band: £111,629 - £126,281

Salary at 1 September 2017: £123,351

Lease car allowance: £0

Member of Local Government Pension Scheme: Yes

Number of staff under direct and indirect line management: 1192

Total of direct and indirect financial responsibility: £54m

The main responsibilities of the director for Environment and the Economy are:

1. Lead, manage and be accountable for all aspects of service delivery and strategic development within allocated services

2. Promote radical and innovative ways of delivering county council and service aims and objectives

3. Provide high quality and cost effective services

4. Act as a county council director for statutory purposes, providing strong leadership and management for the county council's functions, including the provision of relevant information to internal and external inspection bodies

5. Provide support and advice to the Chief Executive and elected members, ensuring clear communication, and delivery of council, cabinet, and overview objectives

6. Promote an integrated approach to the management and delivery of the county council's corporate priorities and objectives, as a member of the County Management Team, and to lead on such corporate initiatives as may be allocated from time to time by the Chief Executive

7. Maintain and improve effective budgetary, planning and performance frameworks, so as to ensure that performance of allocated Services is demonstrably effective against national, regional, and local indicators, that objectives are achieved, and that high standards of probity are met

8. Contribute to fulfilling the county council's community leadership role by effective contribution to local strategic partnerships

9. Lead on the design of arrangements for services in Dorset which reflect local needs, and circumstances, involving the development of appropriate commissioning, management and governance arrangements

10. Work closely with the colleague directors within the county council to deliver an integrated approach to the delivery of service objectives

11. Work with and consult members of the public and a range of partners, to ensure the provision of appropriate, effective and integrated services

12. Build on the outcomes of Statutory Inspections and other external evaluations, so as to secure continuing improvements in performance. To promote a culture of continuous improvement throughout the county council and within a directorate, and to maintain quality assurance mechanisms to secure Best Value and diversity in the delivery of services.

13. Set high standards and enhance the performance, effectiveness and reputation of the county council

14. Play an active part in the county council's Management of Diversity Programme in respect of both employment and service provision aspects, with the accent on securing upper quartile performance or equivalent as appropriate on performance indicators

15. Any other lesser or comparable duties as required

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