The Chief Executive is the Head of Paid Service for the council and responsible for the overall management of Council operations and the principal policy advisor.
As the senior officer Joyce White is accountable for the work of approximately 5,500 Council staff who run the local authority on a day to day basis, and provides the overall management and direction of the Council and its resources.
The Chief Executive works closely with elected members to ensure there is strong and visible leadership and direction, promoting understanding and delivery of the strategic aims of the organisation, developing strong partnerships across the local community to achieve improved outcomes, and that there is robust financial and performance management, risk management, people management and change management within the Council.
Joyce was appointed in 2011 after working at the Council as Executive Director of Corporate Services for more than four years. Prior to joining the Council Joyce worked as Group General Manager for Corporate Services at Infratil Airports Europe, building and developing the teams behind the running of three international airports including Glasgow Prestwick. Prior to that she worked for six years as Finance Director of SCA Packaging, one of Europe's leading packaging firms, and previously developed her career and held senior roles in ICI.
She is a Chartered Management Accountant (gained Fellowship in 1996), a fellow with the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (2010), and has served on the Board of Investors in People Scotland (IIPS), the Council of the Chartered Management Institute and is currently on the Board of Clydebank College. She has carried out various voluntary roles in the Scottish area and is also an Ambassador for Girlguiding Scotland.
Joyce said: "I am delighted to be in a leadership role in West Dunbartonshire Council and I am determined to improve the delivery of services and public value to the people of this area. My role as a public servant includes many important aspects including working with elected members, colleagues and key partners to deliver on key priorities to improve this Council and regenerate the local area.
"We face a number of challenges - the economic climate and potential funding changes and demographic shift in the years ahead - however I am confident that this Council will continue to deliver valuable services for the people, the organisations and the businesses of West Dunbartonshire."