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Witham Town Council Staff

Witham Town Council is staffed by a team of 15 dedicated staff, headed by the Town Clerk  To contact any member of staff, please contact the Town Hall on 01376 520627

Nikki Smith

Town Clerk

Responsible Financial Officer

townclerk@witham.gov.uk

Nikki joined Witham Town Council in May 2019 as Assistant Responsible Financial Officer, becoming Deputy Town Clerk in June 2020. In early 2022, Nikki was appointed as Town Clerk and Proper Officer and is responsible for overseeing all council matters, developing strategy across all council activity and managing the council’s staff.  Nikki is also the Responsible Financial Officer with responsibility for the management of the council’s finances as well as Data Processing Officer.

Nikki obtained the Certificate of Local Council Administration (CiLCA) qualification in 2020 and the Certificate of Higher Education in Community Governance with merit in 2023.

Hayley Andrews, Deputy Town Clerk

Hayley Andrews

Deputy Town Clerk

 

deputytownclerk@witham.gov.uk

Hayley joined the Town Council in 2019 as Assistant Proper Officer and was promoted to Deputy Town Clerk. Hayley is responsible for the Council’s outside assets which includes overseeing the River Walk, Whetmead Nature Reserve, James Cooke Wood and the Closed Churchyard and supporting the Operations Team.  Hayley has also managed the allotments in Witham since June 2021 when Witham Town Council took over ownership of the site in Cut Throat Lane.  Other duties include being the clerk for the Environment Committee and several different working groups relating to open spaces, town centre regeneration, climate change and healthcare, as well as running the Essex County Council Highways Devolution Scheme.

Hayley obtained the Certificate of Local Council Administration (CiLCA) qualification in 2020.

Sarah Puckey, Open Spaces Administration Assistant

Sarah Puckey

Sarah joined Witham Town Council in January 2023 as the Open Spaces Administration Assistant. Sarah is responsible for the day to day running of the allotments and supports the Deputy Town Clerk in the management of Witham’s Open Spaces. Additionally, Sarah promotes initiatives to counter-act the effects of Climate Chane in Witham including encouraging greater use of existing recycling schemes.  Since joining the council Sarah has gained her ILCA qualification (Introduction to Local Council Administration).

Open Spaces Administration Assistant

openspacesadmin@witham.gov.uk

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JJ Reeve

 Finance Officer

 

finance@witham.gov.uk 

JJ joined Witham Town Council in February 2024 as the Finance Assistant and is responsible for assisting in managing the council's finances and overseeing the Community Committee.

Geraldine Kennedy, Planning & Democratic Officer

Geraldine Kennedy

Planning & Democratic Officer

comsec@witham.gov.uk

Geraldine is the longest serving member of staff, originally employed as a Committee Clerk before becoming Assistant Clerk.  Geraldine is now our Planning and Democratic Officer and is responsible for preparing the minutes and agenda’s for the standing committees as well as dealing with all matters related to planning.

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Jessica Lee

Events Co-ordinator

events@witham.gov.uk

Jessica joined Witham Town Council in July 23 as maternity cover  for our Events Coordinator. Jessica is responsible for organising Witham Town Council’s popular calendar of events, including the Halloween Spooktacular, Christmas Fayre and Easter Quest.

Julie Furse, Information Centre Manager

Julie Furse

Information Centre Manager

infocentre@witham.gov.uk

Julie joined Witham Town Council as Community Officer in November 2018 in a role that combined organising events with working in the Information Centre. Julie took over as Information Centre Manager in June 2019 and has since overseen the refurbishment of the Information Centre into a welcoming, modern Centre. Julie’s other duties include maintenance of the website and our social media accounts.

Shannon Smith

P.A to the Council

admin@witham.gov.uk

Shannon joined our team in August 2021 as Personal Assistant to the Council. Shannon helps facilitate the day to day running and administration of the office, and works closely with the Mayor.  Shannon is the editor of Witham’s Voice quarterly magazine, and has gained her ILCA qualification (Introduction to Local Council Administration) and ILCA to CILCA qualification since joining Witham Town Council.

Spencer Dyer, Operations Manager

Spencer Dyer

Operations Manager

operations@witham.gov.uk

Spencer joined Witham Town Council in July 2012, becoming manager of the Operations Team in early 2019. As manager, Spencer is responsible for implementing the River Walk Management Plan, as well as coordinating the maintenance of James Cooke Wood, Whetmead Nature Reserve, the Closed Churchyard and Cut Throat Lane Allotments.

Hannah Smith, Operations Team

Hannah Smith

Hannah joined our Operations Team in 2019 to look after and maintain the assets managed by Witham Town Council, including the River Walk, Whetmead Nature Reserve, James Cooke Wood, Cut Throat Lane Allotments and the Closed Churchyard.

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Operations Team

Rob Moore, Operations Team

Rob Moore

Rob joined our Operations Team in 2022 to look after and maintain the assets managed by Witham Town Council, including the River Walk, Whetmead Nature Reserve, James Cooke Wood, Cut Throat Lane Allotments and the Closed Churchyard.

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Operations Team

Katrina Drury, Operations Team

Katrina Drury

Kat joined Witham Town Council in 2010 as a cleaner/caretaker.  In 2019, she joined our Operations Team, working to look after and maintain the assets managed by Witham Town Council, including the River Walk, Whetmead Nature Reserve, James Cooke Wood, Cut Throat Lane Allotments and the Closed Churchyard.

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Operations Team

Les Davies, Caretaker

Les Davies

Les joined Witham Town Council in 2021 as our caretaker.  Les is responsible for the care and upkeep on the Town Hall building, both inside and out.

Caretaker

Operations Team

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Paul Wiseman

Paul joined Witham Town Council in 2023 as our Street Warden and is responsible for maintaining and facilitating community safety by being a visible presence in the town. Paul has gained the Community Safety Scheme Accreditation since joining the Council.

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