Chief Executive and the Executive Leadership Team

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.

Stuart Love is our Chief Executive

Stuart Love

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 (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.


Barbara Brownlee is our Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing

Barbara BrownleeBarbara is leading on the council's Growth, Planning and Housing portfolios. Services within these portfolios include development planning, planning enforcement, conservation and heritage, strategic transport and infrastructure planning. She also manages the council’s business relationships (including BIDs), and the council's economic development and enterprise strategies. She also oversees adult education, homelessness, housing management, affordable housing funding and delivery, supporting people, rough sleeping, and major project and special project delivery.


Bernie Flaherty is our Bi-Borough Executive Director of Adult Social Care

Bernie FlahertyBernie 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

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. 

Last updated: 22 June 2020