The 2021 Town Hall Rich List shares details of council employees who are paid over £100,000 in total remuneration.
The list is compiled by the TaxPayers’ Alliance and has been running since 2007.
On the Isle of Wight there are six senior staff at County Hall who achieved an income higher than £100,000 in 2019/20 and therefore qualify for the 14th Town Hall Rich List.
The Chief Executive, John Metcalfe, who has worked at the council since July 1997 (23 years) when he joined as Deputy Director Economy, Tourism and Leisure is the highest earner on the payroll.
Including his pension (£31,104) and £250 in the ‘other’ category, his total remuneration came to £163,712.
Lowest of the six
Meanwhile the Assistant Chief Executive and Chief Strategy Officer, Wendy Perera – former head of the Planning Department – achieved a total remuneration of £120,477. This includes a pension of £22,925.
The full details
Details of the other senior officers can be found in the table below.
|John Metcalfe||Chief Executive||£132,358||£250||£31,104||£163,712|
|Carol Tozer||Director of Adult Social Services||£119,215||£28,015||£147,230|
|Chris Ashman||Director of Regeneration||£108,931||£25,599||£134,530|
|Clare Shand||Director of Corporate Services||£99,374||£6,303||£23,353||£129,030|
|Colin Rowland||Director of Neighbourhoods||£102,498||£24,087||£126,585|
|Wendy Perera||Assistant Chief Executive & Chief Strategy Officer||£97,552||£22,925||£120,477|
Not the highest
The remuneration still doesn’t beat that of former PFI programme director, Jay Jayasundara, who managed to pull in a whopping £180,000+ a year when working at the council. He left the council and has since returned, more recently in 2019, achieving £130,000 remuneration over eight months.
Source: Tax Payers’ Alliance