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.
Richard Barker is our Interim Executive Director of City Management and Communities
Richard Barker heads up the City Management and Communities department overseeing a range of teams to deliver the safest, cleanest and greenest environment. His teams work with a variety of partners and stakeholders to promote healthy and cohesive communities and positively engage with businesses to enable economic growth. Richard has worked for Westminster for 11 years in several roles within Sports and Leisure and Community Services and has previously held roles in Hertfordshire and Islington.
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 two 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.
Steven Mair is the S151 officer for the Council and has taken the lead in radically transforming the Council’s financial services, including budget preparation and management, financial and management accounts, treasury and pensions and revenues and benefits services.
He has previously worked for other local authorities across Greater Manchester and Yorkshire in a wide range of roles, leading on finance (S151), HR, procurement, asset management including Building Schools for the Future and PFI programmes, libraries and many other front line and back office services.
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.