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Our directorates and structure

Lewisham Council's directorates and structure.

Top tier directorate structure

Information about our five directorates and the chief officers for each.

Chief Executive

The Chief Executive’s directorate works with the Mayor and Cabinet to ensure the Council’s strategic objectives (as set out in the Corporate Strategy) are achieved. The activities of the directorate span the whole organisation and include managing transformational projects and programmes, enabling evidence-based policy development and strategic decision-making, supporting the organisation to attract, retain and manage a highly-skilled workforce and ensuring staff and residents are informed, consulted and engaged. The directorate also supports the Council’s decision-making functions and ensures that the democratic process in Lewisham is managed in accordance with the law.
Chief Executive

Kim Wright - Chief Executive

Kim Wright Chief Executive

Responsibilities

The Chief Executive works closely with the directly elected mayor and elected councillors to provide:

  • positive results – setting the Council’s management arrangements and practices to ensure effective and efficient delivery of services through well organised and motivated staff 
  • strategic direction – ensuring that the mayor and Council’s priorities and goals can be implemented through focused strategies, projects and programmes  
  • policy advice – acting as the principal policy adviser to the directed elected mayor and elected councillors and securing best professional advice on all relevant matters in respect of the Council’s functions and services
  • partnerships – leading and developing effective partnerships at management level with other public agencies, private companies and local community organisations to achieve better public services and improved results for local people
  • operational management – ensuring that the Council has the highest standards of achievement in financial and budgetary management; the management of service performance; the management of emergencies and risks generally; the management of suppliers; and the overall management of change and improvement within the Council.

The Chief Executive is expected to work outside their contracted hours as necessary, including evenings and weekends to deal with any serious and urgent matters and to ensure that the service is maintained. They also cover duties for both Lewisham and London-wide emergency planning requirements. No additional payments are made to them for these additional duties.

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: kim.wright@lewisham.gov.uk

Assistant Chief Executive

Salena Mulhere - Assistant Chief Executive

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Responsibilities

  • Policy and Strategy
  • Overview and Scrutiny
  • Mayor's Office
  • Communications
  • Programme Management Office
  • Human Resources
  • Insight, Transformation and OD
  • Civic events


Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: salena.mulhere@lewisham.gov.uk

Director of Law, Governance and Elections

Jeremy Chambers - Director of Law, Governance and Elections

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Responsibilities

  • Legal Services  
  • Electoral Services
  • Governance and Committee Services
  • Emergency Planning and Business Continuity

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: jeremy.chambers@lewisham.gov.uk

Download Chief Executive's Directorate Structure

Children and Young People

The Children and Young People directorate works in partnership with other public sector and voluntary organisations to provide a wide range of services for children, young people and families, including the most vulnerable in the borough, which help them to stay safe, make a positive contribution and achieve their full potential.
Executive Director

Pinaki Ghoshal - Executive Director for Children and Young People

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Responsibilities

  • Children’s Social Care
  • Joint Commissioning and Early Help
  • Education Services

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: pinaki.ghoshal@lewisham.gov.uk

Director of Education Services

Angela Scattergood - Director of Education Services

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Responsibilities

  • Integrated Services for SEND and Complex Needs
  • Lewisham Learning
  • Access Inclusion and Participation
  • Virtual Schools
  • Business Infrastructure, Compliance and Education Operations
  • Early Years Sufficiency and Quality
  • Schools HR
  • Early Years Sufficiently and Quality

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: Angela.Scattergood@lewisham.gov.uk

Director of Children's Social Care 

Lucie Heyes - Director of Children's Social Care

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Responsibilities

  • Family Social Work
  • MASH/ Referral and Assessment
  • Quality Assurance
  • Corporate Parenting
  • Workforce Development

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: Lucie.Heyes@lewisham.gov.uk

Director of Families, Quality and Commissioning

Sara Rahman - Director of Families, Quality and Commissioning

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Responsibilities

  • Prevention and Early Help
  • Joint Commissioning
  • Youth Offending
  • Safeguarding and Quality Assurance
  • Strategy and Improvement

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: Sara.Rahman@lewisham.gov.uk

Download Children and Young People Directorate Structure

Community Services

The Community Services directorate aims to improve local health and wellbeing by providing services to residents in need of care, addressing health inequalities in the borough and increasing involvement in sport, leisure and physical activity. The directorate also supports cultural and arts organisations and works closely with communities to promote learning, engagement and civic action.
Executive Director

Tom Brown - Executive Director for Community Services

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Responsibilities

  • Integrated Care and Commissioning
  • Adult Social Care
  • Culture, Libraries and Learning
  • Partnerships, Communities and Leisure
  • Public Health

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: Tom.Brown@lewisham.gov.uk

Director of Adults Integrated Commissioning

Kenny Gregory - (Interim) Director of Adults Integrated Commissioning

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Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: Kenny.Gregory@lewisham.gov.uk

Director of Systems Transformation

Sarah Wainer - Director of Systems Transformation

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Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: Sarah.Wainer@lewisham.gov.uk

Director of Adult Social Care

Joan Hutton - Director of Adult Social Care

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Responsibilities

  • Adults Social Work
  • Gateway (Community referral pathway)
  • Mental Health Lewisham (SLaM)
  • Neighbourhood teams
  • MASH, Safeguarding and Quality assurance, Placement reviews.
  • Internal Provider Services (Enablement, Link line, Shared lives and Day opportunities).
  • Learning Disabilities and Transitions
  • Hospital Discharge strategic flow (joint post with Lewisham and Greenwich Trust - LGT). 
  • Therapies (joint post with LGT).
  • Service Development and Improvement.
  • Safeguarding Adult board management support. 
  • Principal Social Worker and Learning and Development.

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: Joan.Hutton@lewisham.gov.uk

Director of Culture, Learning and Libraries

David Murray - Director of Culture, Learning and Libraries (Interim) 

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Responsibilities

  • focussing on core Library offer in Lewisham and interface with the community libraries
  • responsible for Adult Learning Lewisham
  • supporting skills development in the borough. 

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: David.Murray@lewisham.gov.uk

Director of Partnerships, Communities and Leisure

James Lee - Director of Communities, Partnerships and Leisure

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Responsibilities

  • Community Development
  • Safer Communities
  • Parks, Sports and Leisure
  • Bereavement Services 
  • Refugee Services.

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: James.Lee@lewisham.gov.uk

Director of Public Health

Catherine Mbema - Director of Public Health

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Responsibilities

  • Public Health Intelligence
  • Public Health Strategy.

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: Catherine.Mbema@lewisham.gov.uk

Download Community Services Directorate Structure

Housing, Regeneration and Public Realm

The Housing, Regeneration and Public Realm directorate is focused on strategic place-making, with responsibility for coordinating development and growth in order to create thriving neighbourhoods, maximise housing supply and promote economic opportunities for residents and businesses. The directorate also plays a key role in delivering a safer, cleaner and greener Lewisham.
Executive Director

 Jennifer Daothong - Executive Director for Housing, Regeneration and Public Realm

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Responsibilities

  • Housing Services
  • Public Realm
  • Planning
  • Inclusive Regeneration.

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: Jennifer.Daothong@lewisham.gov.uk

Director of Public Realm

Zahur Khan - Director of Public Realm

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Responsibilities

  • Waste and Street Cleansing
  • Environmental Health
  • Markets
  • Parking
  • Transport
  • Road Safety
  • Highways
  • Street Lighting.

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: Zahur.Khan@lewisham.gov.uk

Director of Housing Services

Fenella Beckman - Director of Housing Services

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Responsibilities

  • Housing Needs
  • Private Sector Licensing and Home Improvements
  • Housing Partnerships and Service Improvement.

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: Fenella.Beckman@lewisham.gov.uk

Director of Inclusive Regeneration

Patrick Dubeck - Director of Inclusive Regeneration

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Responsibilities 

  • Climate Resilience
  • Capital Programmes
  • Property and Assets
  • Building Control
  • Strategic Development
  • Economy, Jobs and Partnerships.

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: Patrick.Dubeck@lewisham.gov.uk

Director of Planning

Emma Talbot - Director of Planning

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Responsibilities

  • Strategic Planning, including planning policy, conservation, urban design, trees, Section 106 and CIL and neighbourhood planning
  • Development Management, including the negotiation and determination of planning applications and planning enforcement 
  • Business and Improvement Stakeholder Relations, including local land charges. 

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: Emma.Talbot@lewisham.gov.uk

Download Housing Regeneration and Public Realm Directorate Structure

Corporate Resources

The Corporate Resources directorate acts as the guardian of the Council’s finances, providing financial management, advice and support as well as delivering resident-focused finance services and driving efficiencies across the organisation. The directorate is also responsible for the provision of high-quality digital, information and communication technologies which enable the Council to deliver services more effectively.
Executive Director

Kathy Freeman - Executive Director for Corporate Resources

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Responsibilities

  • Finance
  • Assurance
  • IT and Digital Services
  • Resident and Business Services (including Council Tax and Benefits).

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: Kathy.Freeman@lewisham.gov.uk

Director of Finance

David Austin - Director of Finance

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Responsibilities

  • Finance
  • Risk and Insurance
  • Anti-Fraud and Corruption
  • Internal Audit
  • Strategic Procurement and Commercial Services
  • Pensions and Treasury
  • Payroll and Pensions

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: David.Austin@lewisham.gov.uk

Director of IT and Digital Services

Wendy Carr - Director of IT and Digital Services

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Responsibilities

  • Digital Solutions
  • Applications Management
  • Information, Security and Governance
  • IT Operations.

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: Wendy.Carr@lewisham.gov.uk

Director of Resident and Business Services

Maxine Gordon - Director of Resident and Business Services

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Responsibilities

  • Revenue and Benefits
  • Corporate Customer Relations
  • Facilities Management.

Contact details

Telephone: 0208 3146 000

Email: Maxine.Gordon@lewisham.gov.uk

Download Corporate Resources Directorate Structure