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Chief Executive and the Executive Leadership Team

The Executive Leadership Team are responsible for the overall management of the council.

Published: 15 March 2021

Last updated: 8 August 2022

The Executive Leadership Team are responsible for the overall management of the council, for setting and monitoring overall direction, ensuring high performance and for overall risk and reputation management.

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Stuart Love is our Chief Executive

Stuart Love is our Chief Executive. Previously he headed up the City Management and Communities department overseeing a range of teams to deliver joined-up solutions to complex community problems, informed by improved business intelligence and underpinned by the corporate values and behaviours.

Stuart previously worked at Westminster City Council, from 2003 to 2006, as the head of Road Management and has held previous roles at Isle of Wight Council, between 2006 and 2013, and at Southampton City Council where he was Director of Place.


Bernie Flaherty is our Deputy Chief Executive, and Bi-Borough Executive Director of Adult Social Care

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Bernie manages the Bi-borough Adult and Public Health department ensuring the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable people over 2 boroughs, in conjunction with other key strategic partners.

Bernie joined Westminster City Council from Harrow Council where she was the former Director of Adult Social Services for five years.

Prior to this role she was the Deputy Corporate Director of Community Health and Well-being covering Adults, Housing, Public Health, Libraries, Sport, Leisure and Culture.

Gerald Almeroth is our Executive Director of Finance and Resources

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Gerald is responsible for the council’s finance, property investment, procurement, IT and digital transformation services as well as the council’s corporate property department. His team drives innovations in technology and ensure robust financial management of the council’s services. 

Gerald has previously worked for other local authorities across London in a wide range of roles leading on finance, HR, procurement and asset management. Having previously worked for Westminster as Head of Finance and Business Services, Gerald returned to the council in 2019 to become Executive Director of Finance and Resources. 

Debbie Jackson is our Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing

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Debbie Jackson joined Westminster Council as the Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing in July 2020.  She has responsibility for a wide range of outcomes including the delivery of high-quality housing, a vibrant economy with opportunities for all and places workers, visitors and residents can enjoy.

Debbie began her career at Westminster in 1997 and has over twenty years’ experience in London’s public sector, building a breadth of experience in regeneration and economic development in particular. 

She was responsible for the regeneration of Lambeth’s key town centres including Clapham and Brixton in Lambeth. At the Greater London Authority she led on several high-profile Mayoral programmes including the Good Growth Fund, Crowdfund London, Skills for Londoners Capital Fund and Good Growth by Design. 

Pedro Wrobel is our Executive Director of Innovation and Change

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Pedro is responsible for the council’s policy, strategy, analysis, change and communication functions. His team supports the council in engaging with residents and businesses, ensures that strategy is underpinned by analysis and evidence, and drives innovation across the council’s services. 

Before joining Westminster City Council, Pedro was a civil servant for almost two decades. He has served as Director of Planning in the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Director of the Cabinet Office Systems Unit, and Chief Strategy Officer at the Valuation Office Agency.

Prior to that, he held various strategy, policy and analytical roles in HM Treasury, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Child Support Agency and HM Revenue and Customs, including as private secretary to Treasury Ministers across the last Labour and Coalition governments.

Raj Mistry is our Executive Director of Environment and City Management

Raj was appointed as Executive Director of Environment and City Management in September 2020. Raj began his career in local government in Westminster in 1994 until 2004 when he left to join Lambeth Council where he spent 16 years covering the Environment and Street Scene portfolios, before returning to Westminster.  

As Executive Director for Environment and City Management, Raj has responsibility for keeping the City safe, clean and secure for residents and visitors to enjoy. 

Sarah Newman is our Bi-Borough Executive Director of Children's Services

Sarah leads the Children’s Services function for both Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. In conjunction with other key strategic partners, Sarah leads the team responsible for improving the lives and life chances of children and young people across the two boroughs. Prior to her current role, Sarah joined the council in 2018 as the Director of Family Services in Westminster.

Lee Witham is our Director of People Services

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Lee is responsible for the council’s People Services function, supporting Westminster through driving initiatives whose foundations lie in the three pillars of the Westminster Way; everyone has talent, everyone is a leader, and everyone is valued.

Lee Joined Westminster City Council in 2016, following a long career at BT, where he worked across the UK and globally in various HR Director roles.

He says, ‘I am passionate about the Council’s ambition to enable and facilitate the creation of an inclusive and progressive working environment in which all staff feel valued and can thrive. This is done through our bold initiatives as part of the three pillars of The Westminster Way.’