Chief Executive

Matthew Gladstone is the Chief Executive of Peterborough City Council.

The Chief Executive is the principal policy adviser to the 60 city councillors and the statutory Head of Paid Service accountable for the council's £469m budget as well as the work of 2,535 employees across the council and Peterborough schools who deliver a wide range of services to the community.

The role of Chief Executive is an appointment which requires the approval of the Full Council following the recommendation of a candidate for the role by the cross-party Employment Committee.

The Chief Executive is unable to undertake other paid employment and is required to devote their service to the council. This means that the Chief Executive is expected to work such hours as are necessary to ensure the job gets done. This routinely involves working evenings and weekends as well as the standard Monday to Friday business week.

The post-holder is ‘on call’ at all other times, particularly to cover civil contingency and emergency management requirements. No extra payments are made for such extended hours.

Matthew is also the appointed Returning Officer for national and local elections for which he receives the appropriate fees.