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South West Councils brings local authorities together to ensure the best deal for their areas and has extensive experience of providing both employment support and training opportunities for local government staff...

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Epaycheck: National Pay Benchmarking Service

 Epaycheck is the national online pay benchmarking service developed for local government by local government.  It enables participating councils to share and compare pay and reward data for all Chief Officer roles and a range of other job families of sector-wide interest.  

Focused reports are produced periodically using data from Epaycheck.  These reports are available at no additional cost to authorities subscribing to the service, the annual subscription fee for which is currently a modest £200. 

Epaycheck Data Report
In September 2018 a report has been published entitled ‘Planning Roles: Pay, recruitment and retention’, responding to ongoing concerns about difficulty in recruiting and retaining planners. The report identifies variation in pay across the regions, explores recruitment and retention ratings and provides trend data on pay increases over recent years. 

We hope that this report demonstrates the value, quantity and depth of the data available on Epaycheck.  Users in subscribing organisations can also log in to Epaycheck to access all the information in ‘real time’, including new pre-set public reports providing full data on each job family at the touch of a button. 

For further information on the Epaycheck system please click here.  For any queries about the report or any aspect of Epaycheck, please contact your Regional Administrator, michele.evans@swcouncils.gov.uk.


Meet the South West Councils' Team


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Bryony Houlden
Chief Executive
Email: bryony.houlden@swcouncils.gov.uk 

Click on the link to read Bryony's biography


Karen Stone
Business Manager
Email: karen.stone@swcouncils.gov.uk 
Tel: 01823 425209

Click on the link to read Karen's biography

Fay Edwards 

Fay Edwards
Head of Learning and Development
Email: fay.edwards@swcouncils.gov.uk
Tel: 01823 425247

Click on the link to read Fay's biography


Ian Morgan
Head of HR Services
Email: ian.morgan@swcouncils.gov.uk
Tel: 01823 425222

Click on the link to read Ian's biography 


Rachel Grandfield
Regional HR Advisor
Email: rachel.grandfield@swcouncils.gov.uk

Tel: 01823 425222

Click on the link to read Rachel's 


Jo Hines

Jo Hines
HR Advisor
Email: Jo.Hines@swcouncils.gov.uk
Tel: 01823 270252

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Steph Smith
HR Advisor
Email: steph.smith@swcouncils.gov.uk

Tel: 01823 425265



Michele Evans
Employment Officer
Email: michele.evans@swcouncils.gov.uk
Tel: 01823 425222

Click on the link to read Michele's biography 




Sue Crosland
L and D Officer

Tel: 01823 425210




Jill Bowditch
Principal Officer (Finance)
Tel: 01823 425260


Kelly-Anne Phillips
SWSMP Partnership Officer
Tel: 01823 425239 


bronBronwyn Prosser
Policy Officer (SWSMP)
Email: bronwyn.prosser@swcouncils.gov.uk
Tel:01823 425266



Jane Shipton
Communications and Administrative Assistant
Tel: 01823 425227


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Admin Assistant
Tel: 01823 425203
 Matt Adams - 03/08/16


Matt Adams
Administration Assistant
Tel: 01823 425268

Fliss Concannon

Fliss Concannon
PA to the Chief Executive/Administrative Assistant
Email: Fliss.Concannon@swcouncils.gov.uk
Tel: 01823 270101

Danny Drake

Danny Drake
Learning and Development Officer
Email: DJD@swcouncils.gov.uk
Tel: 01823 270242

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Jack Brown
Support Assistant
Email: jack.brown@swcouncils.gov.uk
Tel: 01823 270101


Georgie Wyman
Policy and Administrative Assistant
Email: Georgie.Wyman@swcouncils.gov.uk                                                                  Tel: 01823 270101


Gillian Dewsbury
Policy and Administrative Assistant
Email: gillian.dewsbury@swcouncils.gov.uk                                                                  Tel: 01823 425208