Neil Thornton is the Director of Resources. Neil leads the resources directorate staff in the delivery of quality services to both internal and external customers. He also works closely with the Chief Executive in supporting the successful delivery of the council's corporate priorities.
The Director of Resources responsibilities
The main areas of responsibility are Finance (Revenues and Benefits, Internal Audit, Fraud, Risk Management and Insurance), Human Resources, Legal and Governance.
Chief Finance Officer - vacant post
The postholder is the council’s Chief Finance Officer, or Section 151 Officer, a statutory appointment identified in Section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972. The postholder is also responsible for Finance Services which includes Corporate, Technical and Commercial Finance, Internal Audit, Risk Management, Insurance, Counter Fraud and Revenues and benefits which includes Council Tax, Business Rates, Benefits and Adult Care Assessments, Corporate Debt and Financial Processing.
The key responsibility of the Chief Finance Officer is leading and managing an effective and responsive financial service by maintaining strong financial management and effective financial controls.
The Chief Finance Officer also contributes to corporate management and leadership and supports and advises both elected members and council officers in their roles. The officer leads on the promotion and delivery by the whole organisation of good financial management, so that public money is safeguarded at all times and used appropriately, economically, efficiently and effectively.
More information about the role of a Chief Finance Officer in Local Government (275kb pdf)
Assistant Director (Legal, Governance and Workforce/Monitoring Officer) - David Wilcock
David Wilcock is responsible for legal services, democratic services, governance, elections, human resources, payroll, pensions, organisational development, and health and safety.
The responsibilities of the Monitoring Officer role rests with the Assistant Director (Legal, Governance and Workforce) who undertakes to discharge their statutory responsibilities in a manner that enhances the overall reputation of the council. In doing so they will also safeguard, so far as is possible, councillors and officers who are acting in their official capacities from legal difficulties and/or criminal sanctions. The Monitoring Officer is a statutory appointment under Section 5 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.
The main functions of the Monitoring Officer at Rochdale Borough Council are:
- To report to the Council and to the Cabinet in any case where they are of the opinion that any proposal or decision of the authority has given rise to or is likely to or would give rise to any illegality, maladministration or breach of statutory code under Sections 5 and 5A of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989 (LGHA 89).
- To investigate any matter which they have reason to believe may constitute, or where they have received an allegation that a matter may constitute, a reportable incident under Sections 5 and 5A of the LGHA 89.
- To act as the principal adviser to the authority's Audit and Governance Committee in respect of standards and conduct issues.
- To act as the principal adviser to the authority's Hearings Sub-Committee.
- To maintain the register of members' interests.
- To act as the Proper Officer for the preparation, publication and retention of records of decisions taken by or on behalf of the council and the executive.
- To undertake, with others, investigations in accordance with the council's whistleblowing procedures.
Details of the Monitoring Officer Protocol can be found at part 5 of the council constitution