Cllr Neil Clarke MBE Chairman District Councils' Network

Cllr Neil Clarke MBE, Leader, Rushcliffe Borough Council, has been DCN chairman since 2010.

Cllr Neil Clarke MBE, Leader, Rushcliffe Borough Council, is a company director and has been running his own business since 1984.

First elected in 1986 he has been Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council (home of Trent Bridge cricket) since 2005. A recent IPSOS/MORI survey placed Rushcliffe the No. 1 District Council in the country for Value for Money and No. 1 for overall customer satisfaction.

He is also vice-chairman of East Midlands Councils and an accredited peer with the LGID (IDeA) working with various councils on Peer Reviews and in mentoring/training roles.

Neil enjoys watching rugby, cricket and ice hockey and going for the occasional cycle ride, escapes to Tuscany whenever he can, has recently taken up skiing and regularly tries to play golf, but enjoys the walk anyway!

Paul Shevlin, chief executive Craven District Council, vice-chairman DCN Chief Executives' Group

Paul Shevlin Chief Executive, Craven District Council

Paul Shevlin is the current Chair of the DCN Chief Executives’ Group and the Chief Executive of Craven District Council since 1 December 2008.

The work that Paul has undertaken at Craven has seen a remarkable turnaround in the council’s financial position, reducing the net budget by over 34%, with a similar reduction in staffing and reducing management costs by over 40%, in an intensive and challenging few years.

Paul chairs the Prevent Board for North Yorkshire and York. Committed to partnership working Craven now has shared IS, internal audit, strategic housing, parking enforcement, and a shared office with NYCC with reception, facilities management, cleaning services etc. shared on site.

He was Chief Executive at Oswestry Borough Council for 8 years. Paul is a former Chair of the Local Strategic Partnership (Shropshire Partnership) and represented both the LSP and the Regional Chief Executives Group on the West Midlands Rural Affairs Forum. He chaired a regional group looking at affordable housing on behalf of WMRAF.

He has a proven track record of delivering culture change, partnership working and introducing efficiencies.

He is married with three children and a delightful granddaughter and now living more than 70 miles from Old Trafford feels he can be properly called a Manchester United supporter! He is a follower of most sports – especially football and cricket.