About Us 

Barnsley stands out from other places because of its people’s unique character and long, proud heritage and we have the aspirational vision to make Barnsley the place of possibilities.

Barnsley MBC is a high-performing Council which has consistent strong leadership and delivers excellent services for residents, businesses and communities.  Our Council Plan for 2021 to 2024 sets out what we aim to achieve over three years. Our plan gives us a clear direction to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and build our borough back better and fairer. It focuses on how we collectively deliver our services across the council to best support residents, communities, partners and business. It explains what we want to do, how we plan to do it, and how we'll measure whether we're on track to achieve it.

The Council Plan has been developed by the work that has taken place for the Barnsley 2030 project through a series of activities with residents, businesses, employees and other key stakeholders across the borough to build a picture of what Barnsley is like now and want it to be like by 2030. 

We have five new priorities which are supported by 12 outcomes:

  • Healthy Barnsley
  • Learning Barnsley
  • Growing Barnsley
  • Sustainable Barnsley
  • Enabling Barnsley is our underlying priority to ensure that our council is modern, inclusive, efficient, productive and high-performing

There’s enormous growth potential in our borough. Our ambitious Local Plan nurtures better homes, jobs, services, transport links and commercial development to boost our economy. Our award-winning developments, The Glass Works and The SEAM digital campus, run alongside a multi-million pound investment in our Principal Towns and Local Centres, showcasing our commitment to creating an economy that benefits everyone.

Our Employees

People are our greatest asset and resource. Earlier this year, we launched our People Strategy, designed to help employees be the best they can be, making sure they feel empowered to share their ideas and have the support, opportunities and inclusive culture they need to thrive. It will help us to be in the best place possible to deliver on our Barnsley 2030 ambitions and Council Plan priorities.

We're really excited about what this new strategy means for our teams and workplace, making sure every member of staff has the support, opportunities and inclusive culture they need to thrive.

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The strategy and implementation plan has three key themes:

  • Having effective leadership, values and culture (with leaders at every level)
  • Maximising organisational capacity and capability.
  • Supporting staff to have a great employee experience.

Everything we do is focussed on ensuring employees are supported to progress and grow, that we have a positive working culture in all our teams and workspaces and that the wellbeing of all employees is at the heart of everything we do. We are a compassionate and caring employer and have developed a number of flexible working opportunities that are available to employees to support a positive work-life balance. We have fun in the workplace and enjoy what we do – making a difference for our residents and communities.

Office Culture 

Working for us is exciting. We’re a modern, efficient and business minded organisation If you enjoy innovating and working collaboratively to solve problems this is the place for you. 

Career Development 

As part of our team, you can be sure we’ll do all we can to support you in being truly excellent. You see, we prioritise learning and enabling you to achieve your potential. So, we’ve created a development process that lets you grow in the way that suits you - whether that’s training to be a leader or learning flexibly online. That’s one of the reasons why we achieved IIP Gold, and why you’ll find your career here inspiring and rewarding. 

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Brand Values 

Here at Barnsley, we live and work by four important values: honesty, teamwork, excellent service, and taking pride in what we do.

We’re a Team: We all work together towards the same goal – to make Barnsley a better place for the people who live, work and visit here.

We’re Honest: We always say what we mean. Most of all we’re reliable, fair and true.

We’ll be Excellent: We work really hard to provide the best quality and value for money for the people of Barnsley. Only our best is good enough.

We’re Proud:  We’re dedicated to making Barnsley a better place. We take pride in our work.

See here for more info on our Employees and Managers’ pledges.

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Meet the team

Matt O Neill
Executive Director PLACE

Matt has recently joined Barnsley Council from North Yorkshire County Council where he was Assistant Director Growth, Planning and Trading Standards. He is responsible for services across the Place directorate including our Environment, Transport and Economic Regeneration services.  

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Kathy McArdle
Service Director Regeneration and Culture

Kathy McArdle was previously Director for England and Cities for the British Council, working to place  international cultural relations at the heart of city growth in the UK and developing the Global Cities strategy for the organisation. She has a long track record of working as a cultural and creative industries entrepreneur, having spearheaded the capital programme for Project Arts centre as part of the regeneration of Temple Bar Dublin in the late 1990s, and served as Director of the vibrant Lemon Tree Arts Centre, Aberdeen from 2002.  She worked in Liverpool with a number of cultural organisations in the run-up to the Liverpool EU Capital of Culture year 2008, developing Liverpool’s long-term cultural strategy, and subsequently developed the Visitor destination strategy for Salford Quays and Media CityUK, Manchester.

In 2013, she became CEO of The Creative Quarter in Nottingham, the city’s flagship project for economic growth and enterprise development which was awarded a European Commission Enterprise Promotion Award in 2015 for Improving the Business Environment.

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Rachel Copley
Group Leader Assets and FM Services

Rachel has overall responsibility  for all asset management services, construction services (including all maintenance and construction projects) and our FM services across all our offices, public facing services and and workspaces. She manages a team of 75 people with a smile on her face and loves the challenges of her job - no day is ever the same. 

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Maria Cotton
Group Leader Urban Centres

Maria's role supports the vibrancy, diversity and sustainability of Barnsley Town Centre and the six Principal Towns within the Borough by managing a diverse range of regeneration and economic recovery projects. Previously she was at Kirklees Council responsible for development of the markets as a trading service,  ensuring the markets remained a vibrant and successful part of the Council’s services and management of town centre events. 

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