Our Leaders

Our Leaders and Corporate Directors


Cllr Vikki Slade

T: 01202 604 191


Responsible for the overall strategy of the Council and for corporate support services comprising: communications and reputation; equalities and diversity; resident engagement plus the central corporate functions including human resources, democratic services, legal services, registrars, information governance, information technology, property services including asset management, customer services, partnerships, governance and assurance, risk management, audit.


Graham Farrant

BCP Council Chief Executive

T: 01202 451 130


Graham was previously the Chief Executive of HM Land Registry and Chief Land Registrar. Prior to that role, Graham was Chief Executive of Thurrock Council and London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. He transformed Thurrock into a council with a strong regeneration strategy providing excellent services to residents. Graham also has extensive private sector experience.


Bill Cotton

Corporate Director - Regeneration & Economy

T: 01202 458 702


Bill was previously Executive Director of Environment and Economy at Bournemouth Borough Council. His career includes a successful spell as a town planner and he was head of tourism and economic development in Bath. His experience of major regeneration spans London, Leeds, Wandsworth, Swindon and Bath and includes significant public realm improvements and work with the private sector to create world class facilities.

Responsible for:

  • Destination and culture
  • Development
  • Growth and infrastructure

Jan Thurgood

Jan Thurgood

Corporate Director - Adult Social Care

T: 01202 633 203


Jan’s professional background is in social work. Before BCP Council, Jan worked for Borough of Poole and held the position of Strategic Director for People Theme Services from 2013. Prior to joining Borough of Poole in 1997, Jan worked for the London Borough of Westminster.

Responsible for:

  • Adult Social Care Services
  • Adult Social Care Commissioning


Judith Ramsden

Corporate Director - Children's Services

T: 01202 458 704


Judith has previously held the position of Director of People Services at Wokingham Borough Council, has been a Strategic Commissioner and has worked as a consultant to support a number of change and commissioning projects.

Responsible for:

  • Children's Social Care Services
  • Inclusion and Family Services
  • Quality and Commissioning


Kate Ryan

Corporate Director - Environment and Community

T: 01202 633 202


Prior to BCP Council, Kate was the Strategic Director for Place at Borough of Poole, driving the town’s regeneration and growth agenda. Kate’s professional background is in public policy and housing and prior to her experience in local government in Dorset she held senior roles within a public affairs consultancy and a national charity.

Responsible for:

  • Communities
  • Environment
  • Housing



Julian Osgathorpe

Corporate Director - Resources

T: 01202 633 207


Julian has spent more than 20 years working in both private and public sectors. In August 2016, he was appointed to the Executive Director of Corporate Services for both Bournemouth Borough Council and Borough of Poole and was subsequently seconded to the role of BCP Programme Director. His previous roles include the Director of Business Transformation at the London Borough of Lambeth and Deputy Chief Executive of Eastbourne Borough Council. 

Responsible for:

  • Finance
  • ICT and Information Systems
  • Law and Governance
  • Organisational Development

Anne Brown

Monitoring Officer (interim)

T: 01202 451 172


Anne Brown is currently acting as Interim Director of Law and Governance, including the council’s Monitoring Officer.

We're pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Zeiss to the permanent role of Director of Law and Governance and Monitoring Officer for BCP Council. It's anticipated Susan will take up her role in the early autumn. Susan is currently the General Counsel and Monitoring Officer at Northamptonshire County Council, working as part of a new senior management team moving the council into financial stability and a sustainable base for the transition to unitary councils. Susan started her local government career at Dorset County Council in 2003 and has also worked at deputy director level in the Environment Agency.

Responsible for:

  • Law and Governance


Adam Richens

Statutory 151 Officer / Director of Finance

T: 01202 633 183


Adam is a qualified accountant with over 30 years experience in local government finance. He started working for Dorset County Council straight from school in 1986 as part of their Youth Training Scheme. Adam progressed through various finance roles at Dorset and then Poole before taking on the role of Poole's Chief Financial Officer in March 2012. From February 2016, Adam was the joint Head of Financial Services for both Bournemouth and Poole. As Section 151 Officer, Adam is responsible for ensuring the proper administration of BCP Council’s finances.

Responsible for:

  • Finance