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Chief Executive

Executive Director of Housing and Technical Resources Lindsay Freeland

The Chief Executive is head of the council's paid workforce and  the most senior adviser to the Council Leader and members of the council. 

Our current Chief Executive is Lindsay Freeland who was appointed to the post of Chief Executive of South Lanarkshire Council in November 2011.

Lindsay's responsibilities include being the head of the council's paid workforce and the most senior adviser to the Council Leader and members of the council. The chief executive leads the Corporate Management Team which includes the directors of each of the council's resources (departments).

Prior to his appointment he was was executive director of Housing and Technical Resources for 18 months where  his responsibilities covered a huge range of projects, services and responsibilities, from homelessness and the new housing allocation policy to the £850million programme to rebuild or modernise every one of South Lanarkshire's primary schools.

He previously served as Head of Area Services for five years, with his wide remit having included the flagship HomeHappening kitchen and bathroom replacement programme.

Lindsay joined South Lanarkshire Council in 1995, having previously served as deputy director of housing with Cunninghame District Council.

Key facts about the Chief Executive's post

The pay band for the Chief Executive post is currently £150,589 - £158376. Pay rates for Scottish Local Government Chief Officials is negotiated and agreed nationally through the Scottish Joint Negotiating Committee for Local Authorities Services (SJNC).

Performance Appraisal
All employees, including the Executive Directors have regular performance appraisals and for the Executive Director these meetings are with the Council's Chief Executive.

The Executive Director is able to reclaim appropriate business related expenses in line with the Travel and Subsistence Policy. This includes, for example out of pocket expenses for travelling to and from meetings to represent the Council's interests.

Political Restriction
Executive Director posts are politically restricted in accordance with the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. Accordingly Executive Directors are disqualified from becoming or remaining a member of the local authority, the Scottish Parliament, the House of Commons, the European Parliament or from undertaking certain political activities as defined in the regulations introduced, from time to time, by the Secretary of State for Scotland.

Annual Leave
In line with the nationally agreed Chief Officials conditions, the Executive Directors receive 29 days annual leave which increases with service; 8 yrs - 30 days, 9 yrs - 31 days, 10 yrs - 32 days (maximum).  They also receive 10 set public holidays per annum.

All Local Government employees are eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme including the Executive Directors. This is a contributory scheme which operates on the basis of tiered contributions. Employees contribute between 5.5% and 11.2% of their pay and the Council contributes 19.3%, effective from 1 April 2011. The Council contributes the same percentage for all local government employees regardless of their role.

Gifts and hospitality
The Council has a register of gifts and services. Generally, no employee should accept gifts, gratuities or hospitality, etc from any customer or service user other than a token item.   

The Chief Executive is based at the Council Headquarters.

His direct numbers and email address are listed below.

Phone:  01698 454208
Fax:      01698 454275