Executive management team, executive heads and service managers structure

The Executive Management Team (EMT) comprises of:

  • Chief Executive, Bob Jackson 
  • Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Head of Operations, Colin Read
  • Executive Head of Governance and Housing, Grainne O'Rourke
  • Executive Head of Resources, Manjit Sandhu
  • Chief Planning Officer, Claire  Upton-Brown
  • Head of Finance, Alan Bethune.   

It works to maximise the capacity and effectiveness of the Council in delivering the Council's Corporate Plan.

The Executive Management Team is the main interface between the Cabinet and the officers employed to serve the organisation and the community.

It ensures that the 19 service areas of the council are all working together in meeting the objectives set, whilst serving the people of the New Forest.

The Executive Management Team has collective responsibility for managing the second largest shire district council in England.

Serving 180,000 residents and running a budget of £104 million, a staff of 758 (Full Time Equivalent) and ultimately leading an organisation that co-ordinates and delivers a diverse range of services, many of which are delivered in partnership with other public sector bodies, the third sector and with the help of the local community.

Executive heads and service managers structure

Our management structure consists of our executive heads and service managers.

Colin Read - Executive Head of Operations

 Responsible for 3 service managers:

  • Chris Noble, Waste and Recycling
  • Joanne McClay, Environmental and Regulation
  • Steve Cook, Building and Coastal Services 

 Grainne O'Rourke - Executive Head of Governance and Housing

 Responsible for 7 service managers:

  • Brian Byrne, Estates Management, CCTV, Community Safety and Community Alarms
  • Ritchie Thomson, Housing Maintenance (Operations)
  • Matt Wisdom, Democratic Services & Member Support
  • Richard Knott, Housing Options, Rents, Support & Private Sector Housing 
  • Rebecca Drummond, Elections and Business Improvement
  • Richard Fudge, Housing Maintenance (Compliance & Asset Management)
  • Tim Davis, Housing Development and Strategy

Manjit Sandhu - Executive Head of Resources

Responsible for 3 service managers:

  • Heleana Aylett, Human Resources
  • Rob Beere, ICT
  • Joanne Bailey, Health and Leisure 

 Alan Bethune - Head of Finance

Responsible for 2 service managers:

  • Ryan Stevens, Revenue and Benefits 
  • Andrew Smith, Estates and Valuation

 Claire Upton-Brown - Chief Planning Officer

responsible for 1 service manager 

  • Louise Evans, Policy and Strategy.


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