Chief Executive

Chief Executive

Paul Sheehan, Chief Executive

Chief Executive Paul Sheehan

Paul Sheehan became Chief Executive of Walsall Council in January 2008. As the council's most senior officer, the Chief Executive leads and is accountable for the council's workforce and all of the resources available for the delivery of services.

The council has 7,373 paid staff (5,486 full time equivalents), operating from more than 100 locations. It has a gross budget of £617.88m, providing hundreds of services for local people.

Chief Executives are full time officers, appointed by the whole council, on merit, against objective criteria, following public advertisement.

Like all senior public officials, Chief Executives are not allowed to participate in any party political activity. They advise and assist all councillors irrespective of any personal views they hold.

Working with elected members

As head of the paid service, the Chief Executive works closely with councillors to deliver the following:


Working with elected members to ensure strong, visible leadership and direction, encouraging and enabling managers to motivate and inspire their teams.

Strategic direction

Ensuring all staff understand and adhere to the strategic aims of the organisation and follow the direction set by the elected members.

Policy advice

Acting as the principal policy adviser to the elected members of the council to lead the development of workable strategies which will deliver the political objectives set by the councillors.


Leading and developing strong partnerships across the local community to achieve improved outcomes and better public services for local people.

Operational management

Overseeing financial and performance management, risk management, people management and change management within the council.


Chief Executives often undertake external roles which support the strategic objectives of the council.

This page was last updated on 03 January 2017