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Phil Bellas, senior democratic services officer, Salisbury DC ...
Phil Bellas, senior democratic services officer, Salisbury DC


I'm team leader and manager for elections and electoral registration in the democratic services unit, for Parliamentary, district, parish and other elections. I service some council meetings including the cabinet and standards committee.


I oversee the complaints procedure and ombudsman complaints. I'm the lead officer on consultation which includes working with partners. It's a hands-on job with lots of variety, which I like, and that sometimes means juggling a lot of balls at once.


It was all with Salisbury. I began here as a junior committee clerk in 1989. My role developed to include performance, consultation and research, leading the implementation of best value.


My degree from Essex University is in politics and I'm a chartered secretary.


I'm married. We have a daughter of three and a baby due in September. I'm a member of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.


I like interacting with the public so would aim to stay in local government. But then local government is in my blood. My father was a council assistant treasurer.

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