Chief Operating Officer – Kevin Foster


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The Chief Operating Officer leads the Business Services Department and helps support the Council’s directors to manage our resources effectively, improve performance and drive up standards.

Kevin Foster - Chief Operating Officer
Kevin Foster - Chief Operating Officer

Areas of responsibility include:

  • Leadership of the Orbis Partnership delivering business support services for East Sussex and partners;
  • Overall responsibility for financial management and financial standards across the Council;
  • ensuring delivery of payroll and other financial services;
  • overseeing the management of the Pensions Fund;
  • managing the land and buildings that the Council owns or is responsible for;
  • information technology and digital – overseeing the delivery of the IT&D function and strategy for the entire County Council;
  • assurance (internal audit) – independent assessments that ensure Council services are efficient and effective and, as far as possible, reduce the risk of fraud;
  • risk management and insurance – ensuring that we correctly identify risks, help to reduce the probability of harmful incidents and put contingency plans in place to minimise their effects. Also ensuring that the Council is fully insured for all eventualities;
  • managing procurement activities via a category management methodology for all services other than those commissioned by Adult Social Care and Health;
  • managing HR – policy advice for managers and employees, recruitment, training and employee relations within the Council; and
  • external funding.


Phone: 01273 481412