County Solicitor: Chief Officer for Legal, Communications and Human Resources – £114,502

Jan Shadbolt Picture Jan Shadbolt is the County Solicitor: Chief Officer for Legal, Communications and Human Resources.

Role and responsibilities

Jan is responsible for legal services; registration of births, marriages and deaths; HM Coroners; communications, human resources, democratic support and scrutiny.


Jan started her career in 1981 as a solicitor in a private practice in Exeter.

She moved to Devon County Council as an Assistant Solicitor in 1984 dealing with childcare cases, trading standards, general local government law and, for light relief, planning for the Dartmoor National Park.

Jan moved from there to West Devon District Council to be Head of Legal Services and, after just over two years, moved to Mid Devon District Council to be Solicitor and Secretary and Monitoring Officer. She then became Director of Corporate Services responsible for a variety of services including leisure and planning. She eventually became the Deputy Chief Executive and stayed there until her return to Devon County Council in 2010.

Jan’s specialisation is around corporate governance and she has been a Monitoring Officer since 1991. Jan was Returning Officer for Mid Devon and has continued in that role for Devon County Council.

See the direct reports for County Solicitor below:

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Jan’s direct reports are: (please note that the links below are intended for Devon County Council staff only and are therefore not publicly available)

  • Karen Strahan
  • Philip Spinney
  • Carl Hedger
  • Simon Clarey
  • Trish Harrogate
  • Jacky Wilson
  • Rosalie Robison
  • Andrew Yendole
  • Emily Wilkins
  • Tony Parker

Please note that due to the implementation of a new HR system the links to structure charts are not currently available. We are working on a new process in order to be able to provide this information again.