Executive Recruitment

About Bury Council

Bury is part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and an active player in the Manchester City Region. 

After the local elections 2019:

  • Bury is a Labour Party controlled Council
  • There are 51 seats on the Council
  • There are three seats in each of the seventeen wards
  • Labour: 28 Councillors
  • Conservative: 16 Councillors
  • Liberal Democrat: 4 Councillors
  • Radcliffe First: 2 Councillors
  • Independent: 1 Councillor

The Council operates a cabinet form of decision making through the Leader and the Executive. 


  • Leader of the Council - Councillor David Jones (Labour)
  • Deputy Leader - Councillor Andrea Simpson (Labour)

The management structure of the Council is currently based on four departments although this will be subject of a restructure going forward. The four departments are: 

  • Children, Young People & Culture;
  • Communities & Well-Being;
  • Resources & Regulation; and
  • Business Growth.
  • The Chief Executive, Executive Directors, Assistant Director (Legal and Democratic Services) and the Assistant Director of HR/OD form the Strategic Leadership Team. There is close working between senior staff across the departments.

The Council takes its role as a corporate parent very seriously and the Corporate Parenting Board meets regularly and is well attended by some of our looked after children who make a great contribution to our discussions and planning.  The corporate parenting board also acts as governing body to our Virtual School.

The Council is strongly committed to working in partnership with other agencies in the Borough through the mechanism of Team Bury, our Local Strategic Partnership. Relationships are particularly close with the NHS, Greater Manchester Police, the voluntary and community sector and our two outstanding local colleges. The Council has been engaged in a significant transformation process to increase support that is available to parents to enable them to support their children to achieve their potential. These changes recognise the importance of the role that schools have to play in local neighbourhoods.

Relationships with the Clinical Commissioning Group are strong and we are currently looking to develop a Single Commissioning Body arrangement with them within the context of Health & Social Care integration across Greater Manchester. The Health and Well Being Board is well developed and the Children’s Trust Board reports to it.  The Bury Locality Plan can be found here.

Like all Councils we face very substantial financial and service delivery challenges in the coming years. Through the transformation plans that we have developed we hope to be able to reduce demands on our services going forward but the scale of the task cannot be underestimated.