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Departments and services

The council’s management team is led by the Chief Executive and five directors.

The council’s management team comprises an interim head of paid service, Maggie Kufeldt, who is in post until a new chief executive is recruited to the council, and five other directors, who are named below.

Chief Executive's Department

Maggie Kufeldt manages a small Chief Executive’s department, with one head of service reporting to her:

Head of Communications and Change, Jane Simmonds


Corporate Director, Carmel Littleton

Services include children’s social care and family support services, fostering and adoption, play and youth services, schools support and admissions, children’s centres and early years services, the Family Information Service, plus supporting work with children, young people and families in Islington through strategy and commissioning. This directorate also commissions and manages adult social care services such as residential homes, day centres and other support services aimed at helping elderly and disabled adults live as independently as possible.

Environment and Regeneration

Corporate Director, Kevin O’Leary

Services include parking, keeping our roads and streets clean and safe, waste and recycling services, managing our parks, green spaces and leisure services, planning and development – including planning, transport planning, development management and building control - and managing our libraries and museum, cemeteries, energy and energy advice services, plus managing residential and commercial environmental health, licensing, trading standards, animal welfare, pollution and noise.


Interim Corporate Director, Nicki Beardmore

The finance and resources directorate manage money coming in to and out from the council, including processing, payment, revenues, customer service, accounting, financial planning, pensions, service finance, procurement, internal audit, property services, accommodation and facilities and digital services transformation.


Corporate Director, Maxine Holdsworth

This directorate runs all council-owned homes in Islington, allocates council housing and runs the Housing Aid Centre which prevents residents being made homeless. This directorate is also responsible for building new council homes in Islington.

Public Health

Director, Public Health, Julie Billet

Islington shares a Public Health service with Camden Council. Its responsibilities include commissioning NHS Health checks, sexual health services, reducing obesity, smoking and alcohol and drug misuse. The department is also responsible for health intelligence, public health advice and health protection which includes playing a role in surveillance and control of infectious diseases.

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