A photo of Mark Ryder who is the Strategic Director of Communities.Strategic Director for Communities, Mark Ryder

The Communities Directorate employs (among many others) planners, civil engineers, ecologists, bus drivers, information analysts, school crossing patrols, administrators andcountryside rangers. Much of our work is carried out in partnership with other agenciesand organisations as the best way to provide for the people of Warwickshire.

Our staff are based in offices, business centres, parks and depots throughout the county. There are five councillors who are responsible for certain areas of our work.

The directorate is made up of the following business services:

Communities (strategy and commissioning)

Assistant Director, David Ayton-Hill brings together the following teams: economy and skills; strategic infrastructure; strategic planning; transport planning and road safety; parking; infrastructure and regeneration; and waste management and climate change.

Environment Services (service delivery)

Assistant Director, Scott Tompkins brings together the following teams: Planning Delivery (including ecology, archaeology, highways development management and flood risk management teams); Trading Standards and Community Safety; Engineering Design services; Transport Delivery (including county fleet maintenance and bus transport operations); County Highways (including street lighting, public rights of way, network management and road maintenance teams); CSW Resilience.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Services (WFRS) (service delivery)

Chief Fire Officer, Ben Brook. Our purpose is to protect the community and make Warwickshire a safer place to live. WFRS is governed by three areas: service delivery, service support and service improvement. These areas all work closely together to make sure that we fulfil our duty.