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Senior staff

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Chief executive’s office

Chief Executive
John O’Brien
Tel: 020 7934 9575
Email: John.O'

Head of Office to the Chair and Chief Executive
Barbara Salmon
Tel: 020 7934 9509


Policy and public affairs

Policy and Public Affairs (PAPA) is the corporate division responsible for developing ideas, positions and arguments on behalf of London boroughs and for communicating those ideas in ways that will have the maximum impact on central and regional government, the public and other key audiences.

Corporate Director: Policy and Public Affairs
Dick Sorabji
Tel: 020 7934 9761

Director: Communications
James Odling-Smee
Tel: 020 7934 9750

Head: Children's Services
Caroline Dawes
Tel: 020 7934 9793

Head: Strategic Policy Group
Doug Flight
Tel: 020 7934 9805

Strategic Lead: Health and Adult Services
Clive Grimshaw
Tel: 020 7934 9830

Acting Strategic Lead: Finance, Performance & Procurement
Paul Honeyben
Tel: 020 7934 9748

Head: Economy, Tourism and Culture
Dianna Neal
Tel: 020 7934 9819

Head: Housing and Planning
Eloise Shepherd
Tel: 020 7934 9813

Head: Transport, Environment and Infrastructure
Katharina Winbeck
Tel: 020 7934 9945



Services is the corporate directorate responsible for all our services delivered directly by us and on behalf of the boroughs to Londoners and London organisations. This includes concessionary fares (the Freedom Pass), traffic enforcement, care placements and Capital Ambition.

Director: Transport and Mobility
Spencer Palmer
Tel: 020 7934 9908

Strategy Director: Young People’s Education and Skills, Grants and Community Services
Yolande Burgess
Tel: 020 7934 9739

Chief Contracts Officer
Stephen Boon
Tel: 020 7934 9951


Corporate resources

Corporate resources is the division responsible for London Councils’ financial control and audit of expenditure, as well as maintaining the organisation’s internal support functions of HR, finance, facilities and ICT.

Director: Corporate Resources
Frank Smith
Tel: 020 7934 9700

Head: Financial Accounting
David Sanni
Tel: 020 7934 9704


Corporate governance

Corporate governance leads on business planning and performance management, and on maintaining London Councils’ formal institutional relationships with the Greater London Authority and the Local Government Association. The Governance Support Team is responsible for the central administration of all London Councils' committee meetings. Corporate Governance is also responsible for Human Resources, Organisational Development, Complaints and Freedom of Information.

Director: Corporate Governance
Christiane Jenkins
Tel: 020 7934 9540

Head of London Regional Employers’ Organisation
Steve Davies
Tel: 020 7934 9995

Head of Governance
Derek Gadd
Tel: 020 7934 9505


Political advisers

London Councils’ political advisers serve and support London local government and the members belonging to their London Councils party group. The political advisers are also the main point of contact between London Councils and other national/regional or local groupings of their respective national political parties.

Jade Appleton
Tel: 020 7934 9502

Mehboob Khan
Tel: 020 7934 9521

Liberal Democrats
Daniel Houghton
Tel: 020 7934 9502