The Council is a large organisation, with a turnover of £0.5 billion and approximately 3,000 staff (excluding school staff), who have a wide range of responsibilities.
Although each member of CMT has key areas of responsibility, together it is jointly responsible (under the Chief Executive) for turning the strategic direction of the Council – set by its elected councillors – into operational policy.
CMT is also responsible for the forward-looking approach to delivering services and its transformation programme - ensuring the Council is best placed to meet the future needs of the community within the funding available. This involves working in partnership with other local authorities, the private, public and voluntary sectors and ensuring service delivery changes to meet the demands of new legislation.
All CMT post holders are non-political and cannot participate in party political activity. They give advice and assistance to all councillors irrespective of their political party.
Heads of Service, who report to individual members of CMT, are responsible for the operational day-to-day activities that deliver services to the community.
The Chief Executive is the principal advisor to the Council and Head of the Paid Service. She manages an immediate team of three Group Directors, a Director of Public Health and the Assistant Chief Executive. Between them they manage all of the Council's activities and deliver over 300 services every day.
Group Director: Children, Adults and Housing
The Group Director: Children, Adults and Housing is responsible for services that support and safeguard Havering residents of all ages including those most in need of help from the Council.
Within the Group Director’s responsibilities is the social care provided to both children
and services that look after some of the borough's most vulnerable residents including those with drug and alcohol problems
. She is also responsible for services that enable London’s largest older population to live independently for as long as possible.
The Group Director works closely with local NHS partners and other councils to join-up the delivery of health and social care services.
Her Directorate is also responsible for the borough’s housing service
, which includes the management of over 10,000 homes and a multi million pound home improvement programme. It is also responsible for the services to schools that remain within the role of the education authority.
Service areas within this Directorate are:
Children's Social Care enquires should be directed to the Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), 01708 433222, c/o Town Hall, Main Road, Romford, RM1 3BD
Group Director: Culture, Community and Economic Development
The role of Group Director Culture: Community and Economic Development involves the core mainstream services that residents and visitors rely on. This includes collecting rubbish and recycling from nearly 100,000 homes and maintaining over 300 miles of roads and 600 miles of pavements in the borough.
Her Directorate also manages customer services including the Contact Centre and the Havering Council website, as well as communications between the Council and residents.
Service areas within this Directorate are:
Group Director: Resources
The Group Director: Resources is responsible for the Council’s support and corporate functions including Havering’s pioneering ‘shared service’ covering human resources, payroll, procurement, pensions and finance.
The Group Director is also responsible for all of the Council's financial assets, making sure that it keeps a balanced budget and ensuring the best possible value for money for taxpayers.
He is the Council's Chief Finance Officer, oversees the Council's pension fund, is responsible for its IT systems and ensures that its workforce is flexible and adaptable in meeting the Council’s objectives.
The Group Director: Resources is also the Council’s lead on sharing back office services with other Councils in order to reduce running costs and maintain key services.
Services within Resources are:
Director of Public Health
Also reporting to the Chief Executive is the Director of Public Health
following the transfer of Public Health responsibilities from the NHS to local government. The Director of Public Health is the statutory chief officer and principal adviser on health matters. She is responsible for improving the health of local people including health improvement, health protection and a range of public health services.
She works with a range of partner organisations to provide public health advice and support to Havering Clinical Commissioning Group, which helps local GPs shape health care services within the borough.
Assistant Chief Executive (Legal and Democratic Services)