Council Employees

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Town Clerk

The Town Clerk’s full job title is ‘Town Clerk and Responsible Financial Officer’. He is the Council’s principle official known as the ‘Proper Officer’. His main role is to advise the Council, ensure decisions are lawful and to implement those decisions. The Town Clerk is also responsible for the financial affairs of the Council – managing its budget and ensuring internal controls are in place to safeguard its funds and assets.

The Town Clerk takes part in civic events traditionally wearing a legal wig & gown.

The current Town Clerk – Mr Chris Dawson – was appointed in 2004 having previously gained 21 years’ local government experience working for Cornwall County Council, Cornwall College and Carrick District Council.

Deputy Town Clerk

Pamela LavelleThe Deputy Town Clerk works closely with the Town Clerk to provide administrative support to the Town Council.  Miss Pamela Lavelle joined the Town Council in April 2005 and deputises for the Town Clerk in his absence.  Miss Lavelle maintains the accounts ledgers and payroll system and services two council committees.  She also supervises two part-time Administrative Assistants.

Mayor’s Secretary and Administrative Assistant
(part-time mornings)

This is a duel role: firstly assisting the Mayor and Deputy Mayor with their civic duties and secondly to give administrative support to the Council

Mrs Julia Chambers has been the Mayor's Secretary since September 2016 keeping a diary of civic events that the Mayor and Deputy Mayor attends, answering correspondence and assisting with the organisation of civic occasions and the Mayor’s charity fund-raising activities.

In addition, Mrs Chambers assists with the daily administration of the Town Clerk’s office.

Administrative Assistant
(part-time afternoons)

Miss Rachel Cook has been the Administrative Assistant since September 2016.

Miss Cook assists with the daily functioning of the Town Clerk’s office with specific responsibility for ensuring the Council’s website and Facebook pages are kept up-to-date.  She also deputises for the Mayor’s Secretary in her absence


Town Centre Regeneration Officer

Martin SearleThis post is funded from Section 106 funds provided by Tesco and Sainsbury when they both obtained planning permission to build out-of-town stores in 2009.

The Town Centre Regeneration Officer’s role is to manage the public realm element of the S106 contribution (£250,000) and to seek further match funding. Martin Searle joined the Council with a wealth of local regeneration experience and is working to provide tangible improvements to the town centre area.

Senior Caretaker and Assistant Caretaker

Sam GossMrs Samantha Goss and Miss Amanda Holdgate ensure that the Guildhall and surround is clean and tidy. Their role includes acting as key-holders to unlock for hirers and to secure the building at night.

Amanda Holdgate

Town Warden

Craig BowcuttThe Town Warden’s primary role is to ensure Helston is a safe and green environment.  Craig Bowcutt is the Town Council’s visible presence out and about.  His daily tasks include litter-picking, weed-spraying, graffiti and fly-poster clearing.  He also carries out minor repairs to council assets and assists with town events.

Mr Bowcutt has a good rapport with local businesses and residents who occasionally channel concerns through him back to the Town Council.