City Council Staff

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The Clerk’s office is currently staffed by the Clerk and a part-time administrator. The office is usually open to the public on Thursdays.

An organisational chart can be viewed by clicking on the link below:

Organisational chart


Paula Benson – Chief Officer

The Chief Officer is Paula Benson. 

Paula is responsible for advising the council on all matters and is the Council’s Responsible Finance Officer. 

She is responsible for ensuring the instructions of the Council in connection with its functions as a Local Authority are carried out.

Paula is a Fellow of the Society of Local Council Clerks and holds one of the sector specific qualifications listed in the Localism Act 2011.


Rebecca Perrin – Deputy Clerk and Finance Officer

Josh Ventress – Assisstant Clerk

Mr Geoffrey Johnson – Bellman

Mr Jonathan Owens – Serjeant at Mace

Mr David Coates – Mayor’s Serjeant

The Hornblowing Team

The Council ensures that the nightly tradition of setting the watch at 9pm on the Market Square continues by employing a team of Hornblowers who share the nightly duty.

Mrs Allison Clark

Mr Wayne Cobbett

Mr Patricio Maglio

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