Zena Cooke

Corporate Director of Finance

Roles and responsibilities

  • Corporate responsibility for the management and administration of the council's finances and the continuous improvement of the efficient use of financial resources across the council to ensure the effective control of the council's revenue budget and its capital programme in order to enhance the overall value for money to customers, citizens and taxpayers.
  • Commission any required financial services ensuring cost effectiveness, efficiency and responsiveness.
  • Act as Section 151 officer on behalf of the council and Head of Profession to provide direction, leadership and guidance to staff in the finance function and ensure the improvement and implementation of finance standards across the council and partner organisations.

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Zena joined the Council as Corporate Director Finance in November 2018.

She has over 30 years local government finance experience and has worked for 9 local authorities in London and Kent, managing a range of both corporate and frontline services. Prior to joining KCC, Zena has been the S151 and Chief Finance Officer for Maidstone Borough Council and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Zena was born in Kent and has lived in Maidstone for over 20 years.

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Declaration of interests

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