Ipswich Borough Council Management Team

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Chief Executive

Russell Williams

Headshot of Chief Executive Russell WilliamsRussell is line manager to the Council’s Chief Operating Officer and its Head of Development. He also manages the Council’s Economic Development team. Russell has been Chief Executive of Ipswich Borough Council since 2009. Prior to that he held various other roles within the Borough Council – having started within the Council’s town planning service in 1995.

As well as being Chief Executive, he is the Council’s Returning Officer and Electoral Registration Officer and is a director of a number of council owned companies.

Finally, Russell is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and Ipswich – East Suffolk Hockey Club.

Chief Operating Officer

Helen Pluck

Headshot of Chief Operating Officer, Helen Pluck

Prior to joining the Council Helen ran a management consultancy working with the public sector and held senior management positions at Stockton Borough Council in the North East.

Helen started her local government career as a librarian in Dorset and spent several years working for the Audit Commission. Helen has been Ipswich Borough Council’s Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive since November 2012.

Helen manages the Heads of Culture & Environment, Housing & Community Services, Finance and Revenues, People & Governance and Sport & Programmes. Helen leads the Council’s Transformation Programme and the delivery of the Medium Term Financial Plan.

Senior Management Structure

The Council's Senior Management Structure Chart is available to download in pdf format below: