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Departments and services

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

The council’s management team comprises Chief Executive Linzi Roberts-Egan who took up her role in September 2019, and the seven Corporate Directors. Linzi also oversees a small Chief Executive’s team, which includes the council’s communications team, led by Jane Simmonds. 

The seven directorates are:


Corporate Director, Carmel Littleton

The People directorate leads on life-long learning, skills and culture with a particular focus on reducing inequalities in education and care for people in Islington including, safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. This includes support for looked after children, youth safety and violence against women and girls and delivering vital adult social care.  


Corporate Director, Keith Townsend

This directorate leads the vital work to tackle the climate emergency and deliver our Zero Carbon strategy. As well as keeping Islington’s streets and greenspaces clean and green and managing our leisure service, it administers the regulatory services our residents rely on, including licensing and trading standards. The cemeteries team and Registrars teams are also part of this directorate.

Homes and Neighbourhoods

Corporate Director, Maxine Holdsworth

With a focus on people, their homes and their local neighbourhoods, rather than on buildings, this directorate runs all council-owned homes in Islington, allocates council housing and helps people who are at risk of homelessness. Community Safety sits within this team, working to ensure residents feel safe in their local neighbourhoods.

We’re working hard to create genuinely affordable housing and build new council homes – vital work that is led by this department.


Corporate Director, David Hodgkinson

Our Resources team acts as the enabling corporate centre of the organisation with responsibility for finance, HR, legal, transformation and digital services.

Public Health

Director of Public Health, Jonathan O’Sullivan

Islington shares a Public Health service with Camden Council. The directorate is responsible for health intelligence, public health advice and health protection which includes playing a role in surveillance and control of infectious diseases and they have played a pivotal role in our response to Covid-19. Wider responsibilities include commissioning NHS Health checks, sexual health services, reducing obesity, smoking and alcohol and drug misuse.

Fairer Together

Interim Partnership Director, Amy Buxton Jennings

The Fairer Together directorate – established in Spring 2021 – brings to life our ambitious plans to deliver a partnership led, integrated early intervention and prevention offer, focused on improving outcomes for the most vulnerable in our community. This service, in conjunction with our People directorate commissions for the Start Well, Live Well and Age Well ambitions and delivers early help services from cradle to grave. They also deliver all aspects of customer service - including our We are Islington helping - and will lead our fairness and equality agenda, working with partners in the voluntary sector.   

Community Wealth Building

Interim Corporate Director, Stephen Biggs

As we start to emerge from the Covid-19 crisis, the need to create a lively, inclusive and sustainable local economy and support local people into jobs is ever more vital. This directorate - established in Spring 2021 - is working to tackle economic disadvantage by sharing wealth and increasing opportunity at a borough level. This directorate includes a wide range of teams including inclusive economy, employment and jobs, procurement and social value, economic wellbeing, corporate asset and property management, major capital projects and all aspects of strategic planning and development management.

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