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 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

More information about the Chief Executive


Pay scale - from £165,561 to £170,000

Sarah Homer
(Interim) Chief Operating Officer
Section 151

Reporting to Sarah:
  • Head of Policy & Performance
  • Head of Communications
  • Head of Culture & Customer Access
Pay scale - from £114,888 to £131,301

Steve Moore
(Interim) Director of Neighbourhoods & Head of Environment

  • Street Cleaning & Environmental Maintenance
  • Traffic & Parking
  • Roads, Pavements & Street Lighting
  • Waste & Recycling
  • Parks & Open Spaces
  • Estate Services
  • Head of Economic Development
  • Head of Regulatory Services

Pay scale - from £114,888 to £131,301


Barbara Nicholls

Acting Director Adult Services

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

Tim Aldridge
Acting Director Children's Services

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

Neil Stubbings
(Interim) Director of Housing

  • Housing Register & Homelessness
  • Housing Strategy & Partnerships
  • Housing Services & Asset Management
  • Telecare, CCTV & Emergency Services

Pay scale - from £85,455 to £94,947


Mary Phillips
Assistant Director Learning & Achievement

  • Quality Assurance / School Improvement
  • Education Provision & Commissioning
  • Alternative Provision & Looked After Children
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Catering
Pay scale - from £85,455 to £94,947

Sue Milner
(Interim) Director of Public Health

  • Health Protection, Disease Prevention & Health Promotion
  • Reduction of Health Inequalities
  • Population Health Intelligence
  • Advice to NHS on Clinical Commissioning
  • Sexual Health
  • Drugs & Alcohol
  • Public Mental Health

  • Pay scale - from £114,888 to £131,301

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