Senior leadership team

Each member of the Council's Senior Leadership Team (SLT) has key areas of responsibility, but together are jointly responsible (under the Chief Executive) for turning the strategic direction of the Council - set by its elected councillors - into operational policy.

SLT 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 SLT 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.

Andrew Blake Herbert - Chief Executive

Andrew Blake-Herbert

Pay scale -  from £165,561 to £170,000

More information about the Chief Executive




Jane West - Chief Operating Officer 

Jane west

  • Transformation
  • Havering Council Programme Management Office
  • Strategy, policy and performance
  • Community safety and development
  • Equality and diversity
  • Social Care Systems & Development
  • Media and external relations
  • Campaigns, advertising and design
  • Internal communications
  • Corporate events
  • Customer services
  • Libraries, arts and music school
  • Leisure centres and sport
  • Joint commissioning
  • Emergency planning
  • Employment and skills

Pay scale - from £114,888 to £131,301

Barry Francis - Director of Neighbourhoods


  • Environment
  • Planning and regulation
  • Community safety
  • Public protection and enforcement

Pay scale - from £114,888 to £131,301

Barbara Nicholls - Director of Adult Services

Barbara Nicholls

  • Adult services
  • Older people
  • Learning disabilities
  • Mental health
  • Physical difficulties
  • Personalisation of adult care
  • Prevention and reablement safeguarding

Pay scale - from £114,888 to £131,301

Robert South - Director of Children's Services

Robert South

  • Child protection, fostering and adoption
  • Education provision and specialist commissioning
  • Education inclusion and support
  • Education, quality and effectiveness
  • Education traded services including catering
  • Youth offending
  • Youth services
  • Early help and children's centres
  • Looked after children
  • Estate services

Pay scale - from £114,888 to £131,301

Mark Ansell - Director of Public Health

Mark Ansell

  • Health protection, disease prevention and health promotion
  • Reduction of health inequalities
  • Population health intelligence
  • Advice to NHS on clinical commissioning
  • Sexual health
  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Public mental health
  • Children's public health services

Pay scale - from £114,888 to £131,301

Patrick Odling-Smee - Director of Housing Services

Patrick Odling-Smee

  • Housing management
  • Housing property services
  • Housing demand including homelessness
  • Supported housing including telecare
  • Housing strategy, policy and IT

Pay scale - from £114,888 to £131,301



Neil Stubbings - Director of Regeneration Programmes

Neil Stubbings

  • Regeneration
  • Business retention and growth
  • Inward investment
  • Joint venture partnership
  • Mercury Land Holdings

Pay scale - from £114,888 to £131,301


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