Doncaster Council expected to vote for former social care boss to take its top job - with salary of over £160,000

Former social care chief Damian Allen is expected to be officially voted in as Doncaster Council’s top boss on a permanent basis.

Friday, 28th February 2020, 11:45 am
Updated Friday, 28th February 2020, 11:45 am

Mr Allen, who has held the chief executive role on an interim basis since June 2019, will formally be announced at a meeting of the full council on Thursday (March 4).

Alongside his role as chief executive, Mr Allen will also take up the role of returning officer during election counts.

He’s set to become the highest paid employee with a salary of £164,238 and a pension contribution of £21,000.

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Damian Allen is expected to be voted in as Doncaster Council's chief executive

Mr Allen was interviewed for the interim position last year and his application was praised by councillors from all parties.

He was also singled out for praise by Doncaster mayor Ros Jones who said Mr Allen had showed 'sterling leadership' during the floods back in November.

Allen joined Doncaster Council as director of people - which includes health and social care and education in 2015 - from the island of Jersey.

He takes over from Jo Miller who left to take up a similar role at Hutt City Council near Wellington, New Zealand.

She said: “I am proud of the grit, hard work and selfless service that everyone in the borough demonstrates.

“That sense of shared endeavour, collaborative leadership and moral purpose with a desire to be the very best we can be for our place and people is very special.”