Chris Schofield

Chris Schofield is editor of Butterworths Local Authority Employment: Law, Practice and Procedure and sits as a member of employment tribunals. He is a freelance consultant with authorities at all tiers of local government with an emphasis on organisational and pay reviews, managing restructurings and working with members on issues affecting senior managers.

After graduating from Oxford University in 1968, Chris joined Hampshire County Council, where he held a variety of posts in personnel before moving in 1979 to West Sussex County Council as assistant county personnel officer and, later, deputy. In 1985 he was appointed county personnel officer of Devon County Council, a job he held until after local government reorganisation in 1998. He was particularly concerned with the importance of people management to the achievement of the council's overall objectives, and with performance management, remuneration policy and managing changes to the organisation.

For seven years Chris chaired Socpo's pay and employee relations committee, and its predecessor bodies, and was joint author of Socpo publications on "implementing single status" and "approaches to pay".