ACCE leadership comprises the chair, vice-chair, secretary and treasurer. ACCE chairs are in place for two years, after which the vice-chair assumes the role unless the role is challenged by another member. The secretary is responsible for member communications, and the treasurer for the ongoing financial guardianship of the network. Both positions are not time-bound and positions are filled as and when the current post-holder steps down from their duties.
Anthony May, Nottinghamshire County Council – Chair
Anthony was appointed to the post of Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire County Council in April 2015 and is the Chair of the Association of County Chief Executives.
Formerly the Corporate Director for Children, Families and Cultural Services, and Deputy Chief Executive, Anthony has substantial experience in delivering strategic improvements to meet local and national priorities.
As Chief Executive, Anthony is the Head of Paid Service and has overall responsibility for the Council’s £1.1 billion budget and around 18,000 employees who work directly or indirectly for the Council.
Over the last 18 months, Anthony has led on the development of the Midlands Engine Vision for Growth. He is Chair of the Midlands Engine Operating Board and has oversight of the Engine’s strategic programmes and projects.
Nicola Beach, Suffolk County Council – Vice-Chair
Nicola is the Chief Executive of Suffolk County Council (since May 2018). Before joining Suffolk, Nicola was Executive Director for Infrastructure and Environment at Essex County Council, where she developed an ambitious agenda for sustainable growth and environmental services, to meet the needs of a growing county.
Nicola’s previous roles include Chief Executive of Braintree District Council, a position she held from January 2013 to July 2017, leading an innovative investment and improvement programme to deliver financial stability for the council. Nicola started her career in recycling, waste and environmental management, but over her 24 years in local government has worked in many senior roles in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Essex and now Suffolk.
Nicola is chairman of the East of England Solace Branch and the East of England regional Chief Executive lead for Transport East and health.
Nicola is a strong advocate of women’s groups and diversity and equality in the workplace, mentoring others on an informal basis and continuing to support the women’s springboard programme in Essex and now Suffolk. Nicola regularly gives leadership talks to a range of organisations to share her experience of leadership in the increasingly unpredictable and complex public sector.
Pete Bungard, Gloucestershire County Council – Honourary Treasurer
Pete has worked for councils in Yorkshire, Essex, Cornwall and now Gloucestershire, with secondments in his early career into a Department for Transport motorway construction unit and British Rail. His first chief officer role was in 1998 as Environment Director for Gloucestershire, and he took up his current role as Chief Executive of Gloucestershire County Council in May 2005.
Pete’s current priorities as CEO include the oversight of Children’s Services improvement; a radical demand management programme within Adult Services; and adapting the Council’s operating model to reflect the reality of the current challenges.
Pete is a member of the University of Gloucestershire Council (governing body) and is also Chair of the University’s Audit Committee.
Pete also Chairs the county’s Anti Slavery Partnership which has, to date, had some very positive outcomes in both raising awareness and multi-agency intervention.
Pete has, for a number of years, Chaired the South West Adult Improvement Board, responsible for leading sector led improvement in their area. This also provides linkages for corporate oversight and member engagement in regional activity.
Richard Flinton, North Yorkshire County Council – Secretary
Richard has been Chief Executive since July 2010 and has worked for NYCC for over 30 years – first joining as Trainee Trading Standard Officer, becoming Assistant Head of Trading Standards before using his background in economics to lead the Economic Development Team, then Assistant Chief Executive in 2005 followed by Director of Business & Environmental Services. As Chief Executive, Richard has covered statutory roles of Director of Children & Young Peoples service and Health & Adult Services at different times during the last 8 years and has detailed knowledge of the council and North Yorkshire.
Richard chairs North Yorkshire Chief Executives group, North Yorkshire Local Resilience Forum and in 2014 chaired the Local Authority Delivery Group which co-ordinated the delivery of the Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire. Since the inception of Tour de Yorkshire, Richard has been a member of the Tour de Yorkshire Steering Group and more recently the Board of Yorkshire 2019 World Cycling Championships, leading local authority delivery arrangements. He is also lead Chief Executive for Yorkshire & Humber on children’s services.
Richard was admitted to the College of Fellows (CoF) during the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) Conference in June 2016. He is Honorary Secretary of The Association of County Chief Executives (ACCE) and also lead officer for ACCE on finance issues. He sits as a member of the national steering group looking at future local government funding. Richard was also appointed to the Ministerial Sounding Board for children’s services.