Our Story

As a leading provider of high quality consultancy, training and development in areas of organisational change, leadership, mediation and conflict resolution and compliance with employment law, we will tailor our services to meet your needs. Our focus is to enable organisations to meet their legal responsibilities as employers and to facilitate developing their people to fulfil their potential thereby increasing team morale and adding value to your business. Understanding the importance of sharing, learning and networking, SEE provides a central hub for networks and partnerships. We gather and collate management information and data to share learning and benchmark to help you build on best practice. You don’t need to be a member of SEE to access our services but members do get discounted rates.
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We are a team of specialists offering independent employment and organisational development advice, support, consultancy services working with local authorities and public services in the South East.

SEE is one of the nine regional employers’ organisations which represent the interests of local authorities and public sector bodies in England. As the regional employers organisation for the South East, we are independent and not-for-profit. Through our wealth of local knowledge and professional expertise, we add value to our councils and communities and complement the work they do.

Our Mission

As SEE is owned by our member councils and is a not-for-profit organisation we take a socially responsible approach to our work. This approach is captured in a statement of our mission, to be:

  • the first-choice partner of support and advice for Council Leaders, Chief Executives, and their Senior Leadership Teams, working closely with them to identify current and future challenges and align our services to respond and meet their needs.
  • the first-choice provider of advice, training and consultancy services regarding people and organisational development, good employment practice, business improvement, scrutiny and governance, and bespoke consultancy services.   

Strategic Plan 2024 - 2027

You can download a copy of our Strategic Plan here. 

Our Vision

To be successful in fulfilling our purpose and approach we strive to demonstrate exemplary behaviour in our work. Our team take pride in being collaborative, responsive, creative, adaptable, honest, and accountable.

These drivers have led us to develop a corporate statement of our values.

Our Values

  • We build relationships based on trust and act with uncompromising honesty and integrity in everything we do.
  • We value everyone and treat people with dignity and professionalism.
  • We promote people focused outcomes and approaches, championing diversity, and challenging poor practice.
  • We will find new ways of thinking, learning, and doing.
  • We are stronger when we work together as a team.
  • We bring value to our partners.

Meet the team

Dr Ruth Adams

Dr Ruth Adams

Chief Executive
Mark Palmer

Mark Palmer

Director: Development and Governance
Jennifer McNeill

Jennifer McNeill

Director
Michelle Biggs

Michelle Biggs

Employment and People Insight Manager
Sarah Cope

Sarah Cope

Business Development Manager
Helen Power

Helen Power

Business Development Officer
Chelsea Duke

Chelsea Duke

HR Business Partner
Rita Okoro

Rita Okoro

HR Insight Analyst
Ben Straffon

Ben Straffon

Employment Relations and Investigations Business Partner

Our Governance

SEE is one of the nine regional employers’ organisations which represent the interests of local authorities and public sector bodies in England. As the regional employers organisation for the South East, we are independent and not-for-profit. Through our wealth of local knowledge and professional expertise, we add value to our councils and communities and complement the work they do.

Any local authority in the south east can become a full member of SEE. Each full member may nominate between one and three* of their councillors to be their representative on our management board. From this our Executive Board is elected annually at our AGM.

* The number of representatives a council may nominate is determined by the tier and size of the organisation.

Executive Board

The Executive board as below have been nominated for the current year.

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Cllr Richard Burrett

West Sussex County Council

Chair, South East Employers

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Cllr Ann-Marie Barker

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Cllr Liz Terry

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Vacant

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Cllr Alison Andrew

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Vacant

Full list of Representatives

Arun District Council
    • Cllr Francis Oppler
    • Cllr Jeanette Warr
Brighton & Hove City Council
    • Cllr Jacob Taylor
    • Cllr Ty Goddard
    • Cllr Alison Thompson
Canterbury City Council
    • Cllr Connie Nolan
    • Cllr Alan Baldock
    • Chichester District Council
Chichester District Council
    • Cllr Ian Ballantyne
East Hants District Council
    • Cllr Angela Glass
East Sussex County Council
    • Cllr Philip Lunn
Elmbridge Borough Council
    • Cllr Keith House
Fareham Borough Council
    • Cllr Simon Martin
Gosport Borough Council
    • Cllr David Shaw
Havant Council
    • Vacant
Maidstone Borough Council
    • Cllr Clive English
Milton Keynes Council
    • Cllr Lauren Townsend
    • Cllr Alison Andrew
New Forest District Council
    • Cllr Jill Cleary
    • Cllr Jeremy Heron
Portsmouth City Council
    • Cllr Darren Sanders
    • Cllr Charlotte Gerade
Oxford City Council
    • Cllr Nigel Chapman
Oxfordshire County Council
    • Cllr Neil Fawcett
    • Cllr Nathan Ley
Reading Borough Council
    • Cllr Liz Terry
    • Vacant
Rother District Council
    • Cllr Doug Oliver
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Council
    • Cllr David Buckley
    • Cllr Neil Knowles
Runnymede Borough Council
    • Cllr Robert King
Rushmoor Borough Council
    • Cllr Jonathan Canty
Sevenoaks District Council
    • Cllr Kevin Maskell
Slough Borough Council
    • Cllr Wal Chahal
    • Cllr Nadeem Khawar
Spelthorne Borough Council
    • Cllr Sandra Dunn
Swale Borough Council
    • Cllr Tim Gibson
Test Valley Borough Council
    • Cllr Maureen Flood
Tunbridge Wells Borough Council
    • Cllr Dianne Hill
Waverley Borough Council
    • Cllr Paul Follows
Wealden District Council
    • Cllr Greg Collins
West Berkshire Council
    • Cllr Jeff Brooks
    • Cllr Denise Gaines
West Sussex County Council
    • Cllr Richard Burrett
    • Cllr Steve Waight
    • Cllr Richard Cherry
Woking Borough Council
    • Cllr Ann-Marie Barker
Wokingham Borough Council
    • Cllr Clive Jones
    • Cllr Imogen Shepherd-DuBey

    Regional employers’ organisations

    SEE is one of nine regional employers’ organisations in England, with one each in Wales and Northern Ireland. Our sister organisations are:
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    Yorkshire and Humber
    Wales LGA
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    Get In Touch

    Any Questions? Let’s Chat!

    If you want to get in touch about our services, or anything we can do to help you and your organisation just drop us a message using the form, and one of our team will be in touch.

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