Shokat is currently Executive Director of Core Services at Barnsley Council, where he is responsible for a range of services including Finance, Business Transformation, Human Resources, Governance, Legal and IT and Customer Services.
Shokat Lal is an experienced local government officer with over 32 years experience of working in local government and has worked at Coventry and Nottingham City Councils and more recently at Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.
Shokat was part of the Senior Leadership Team bought into Rotherham following government intervention and as the Assistant Chief Executive was responsible for overseeing the improvement plan/journey. Rotherham was one of the fastest improving councils in the country and came out of full intervention significantly earlier than intended.
Shokat has also worked in the NHS either as a Non-Executive Director or Lay Member in Derbyshire supporting PCTs and CCGs. He also has extensive experience of working within the voluntary sector in Derby on a range of community issues.