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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 the Chief Executive and five directors, who are named below. Lesley Seary has been the council’s Chief Executive since 2011. Reporting to her are five directors and two heads of service who lead the council’s core departments.

Chief Executive's Department

Services include corporate strategy, communications, equality and performance. The two heads of service who report to the Chief Executive are:

Head of Communications and Change, Jane Simmonds 
Head of Strategy and Change, Roger Dunlop

Children, Employment and Skills 

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.

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.

Housing and Adult Social Services

Interim Corporate Director, Maggie Kufeldt

This directorate runs all council-owned homes in Islington, allocates council housing and runs the Housing Aid Centre which prevents residents being made homeless. It 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.

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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