Senior Leadership Team (SLT)

Havering Council's top level management team comprises ​the Chief Executive, Chief Operating Officer and Directors​​​​​​​​. 

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.

Chief Executive

The Chief Executive is the principal advisor to the Council and Head of the Paid Service. The Council's Interim Senior Leadership Team includes a Chief Operating Officer, five directors and an assistant director. Between them they manage all of the Council's activities and deliver over 300 services every day.


Andrew Blake-Herbert
Chief Executive


Pay scale - from £165,561 to £170,000

Sarah Homer
(Interim) Chief Operating Officer
Section 151

  • Policy and Performance
  • Culture and Customer Access
  • Transformation
  • Section 151
  • Communications
Pay scale - from £114,888 to £131,301

Steve Moore
(Interim) Director of Neighbourhoods

  • Housing
  • Environment
  • Regulatory Services
  • Economic Development and Regeneration


Pay scale - from £114,888 to £131,301


Barbara Nicholls

Director Adults and Health

  • Older People
  • Learning Difficulties
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Disability
  • Learning Disability
  • Personalisation of Adult Social Care
  • Prevention & Reablement
  • Safeguarding Adults
  • Health Partnership
  • Accountable Care Organisation
Pay scale - from £94,653 to £106,050

Tim Aldridge
Director Children's Services

  • Child Protection
  • Fostering & Adoption
  • Youth Offending Team
  • Children’s Centres
  • Early Help
  • Troubled Families
  • Principal Social Worker for Children & Adults
  • Looked after Children
  • Learning and Achievement
Pay scale - from £94,653 to £106,050
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