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. 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 is leading on the council's Growth, Planning and Housing portfolios as well as the council’s corporate property department. 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 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.
Julia is responsible for the departments which deliver insight, policy and communications, which help the council to transform its business, improve the lives of its residents, improve the prosperity of its businesses and drive forward its vision of Westminster as a City for All.
As a Director of Westco, the council’s trading arm, she is also responsible for trading and implementing the successful Westminster model of policy and communications across other local authorities and the private sector. Westminster’s models of communication, corporate narratives and evaluation techniques have positioned the council at the forefront of local government communications.
Melissa 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, Melissa leads the team responsible for improving the lives and life chances of children and young people across the 2 boroughs. Prior to her current role Melissa joined the Council in April 2015 as the Director of Family Services in Westminster.
Sara is responsible for the management and delivery of some of the council’s world-class services that our residents, businesses and visitors experience daily. The roles of City Management and Communities is far-reaching, from taking on rogue landlords who let unfit properties to developing state-of-the-art facilities such as Moberly Sports Centre. Sara’s teams work with a variety of partners and stakeholders to promote healthy and cohesive communities and positively engage with businesses to enable economic growth.
Sara has worked in a variety of senior roles in local government since 2001, including Director of Public Protection and Licensing and Head of Parking Services at Westminster City Council.
Gerald is responsible for the council’s finance, property investment, procurement, IT and digital transformation services. 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.