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Senior Management and Staff

The two joint Chief Executives, Daryl Phillips and Patricia Hughes, are supported by Heads of Service and Service Managers. You can access names and email addresses of these here, as well as our organisational chart.

Our workforce profile provides information about our staff (senior officers salaries are published in our statement of accounts each year). 

As a result of new regulations introduced in 2017, employers with more than 250 employees are required to publish annual gender pay gap calculations. Although the Council has less than 250 employees, we have chosen to publish our gender pay gap information voluntarily.   

Corporate Plan

The Corporate Plan sets out how the Council intends to play its role in improving, sustaining and promoting the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of the communities in Hart District over the next five years.

HART Values

In your day to day dealings with our officers we will ensure that they operate with the following values:

  • H - being helpful
  • A - being approachable
  • R - being responsive
  • T - taking ownership

Here you can read more about the Hart Values and our operating model that guides how we design and deliver our services.

Hart's Code of Corporate Governance

Hart has defined Corporate Governance as: "The way in which the Council conducts itself so as to (a) deliver effective services to all residents and (b) provide and openly demonstrate efficient stewardship of public funds."

Our Code of Corporate Governance is underpinned by the issues of openness, inclusivity, integrity, accountability and effectiveness for each of the five dimensions. It describes how Hart has responded to the challenges of Corporate Governance and commits the Council to the highest standards. 

To help uphold these standards we also publish our Whistleblowing Policy and Anti-Fraud and Corruption Policy.

Hart's Constitution

Hart is committed to efficient and effective decision-making which is transparent, accountable and encourage community involvement.  Hart has, therefore, developed a Constitution, or a ‘handbook’ on how it operates its decision-making structures and the ‘rules’ by which it operates.  It contains:

  • Details of the Council’s decision-making structures and processes;
  • The Council’s Standing Orders or ‘rules’ that govern how the Council’s meetings are conducted; (These Standing Orders are a mixture of things that the Council is required to do by law (for example, hold an Annual Council meeting) and things which it has adopted as good practice.)
  • The Council’s Scheme of Delegation to Officers, which sets out details of the functions of the Council that have been delegated to officers;
  • Financial Regulations, or the rules by which the Council must conduct its financial business;
  • Various Codes, including the Code of Conduct for Members and the Officer/Member Relations Code;
  • Your rights regarding your dealings with Hart 

A full review of the Constitution was approved by Council in April 2014.  It is constantly being updated to reflect changes in the organisation and how it works, and parts will have a footer showing the date that page or section was updated.

For enquiries about the Constitution please contact committeeservices@hart.gov.uk 

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