Council structure and staff

We are a District Council that provides services such as waste and recycling collections, housing, environmental health, electoral registration, planning and building control, parks and leisure.

Harlow has 33 Councillors, three for each of the eleven wards. One third of the Council is re-elected every year, with the exception of years in which County Council elections take place. The political control of Harlow Council is Labour. The political make-up of the Council is: Labour 19 seats, Conservative 12 seats and UKIP 2 seats. Recent Harlow Council election results


Our constitution sets out how we operate, how we make decisions and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. More information on Harlow Council's Constitution

Harlow Council Structure

Corporate Management Team

Managing Director: Brian Keane (Returning Officer)

To contact the Managing Director please write to:

Harlow Council
Civic Centre
The Water Gardens
CM20 1WG

Tel: 01279 446655
Fax: 01279 446844

Harlow Council staff salary levels

Senior posts 2017-18 2016-17 Jan 2015 2014 2013-14
Chief Executive (CE)* £144,119-£154,219 £99,884 £98,895.30 £98,895.30 £141,279
Chief Operating Officer (COO)** £107,830-£117,930 £96,420-£106,762 £95,465-£105,705 £95,465-
Managing Director*** £120,000-£130,000        
Project Director (Enterprise Zone Delivery) £81,130-£91,805 £80,826-£90,896 £79,531-£89,996 £77,819-£88,059 £77,819-£88,059
Heads of Service £80,062-£90,162 £68,700-£79,269 £68,020-£78,484 £66,556-£76,795 £66,556-£76,795


*This post was deleted 31 October 2017.  

** This post was deleted 31 July 2017.

***This post was created when the CE and COO posts were deleted.

The senior management salaries published 2017/18 are the full-time salary ranges of the former Chief Executive post. Previous years’ show what the Chief Executive post holder was paid.
The post holder worked part-time hours from 2014. The total salary from 1 April 2017 to the end of October 2017 was £64,639.92.

The senior posts do not receive any performance related bonuses, benefits in kind or overtime payments. 

In addition the Managing Director receives a payment as Returning Officer which varies according to the elections taking place.

The Project Director (Enterprise Zone Delivery) position was created in 2013 and is being solely funded by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership.

Harlow Council is a Living Wage employer.

The national pay award as agreed by the National Joint Council (NJC) for 2016 and 2017 and was fully implemented on Harlow Council’s Single Status Salary scales, for the lowest pay points 6 -17 (circa 5% of staff) the award was between 10.28% - 2.30%, with an award of one per cent being made for the majority (circa 95%) of staff on pay points 18 and above.

Pay multiple

The pay multiple is the ratio between the highest paid salary and average salary of the whole of the authority’s workforce.

Description 2016-17

Ratio of the Chief Executive’s FTE salary to the median FTE salary of the Council (£27,485 inclusive of Living Wage)


Ratio of the Chief Executive’s FTE salary to the lowest paid FTE employees (£16,301.57 inclusive of Living Wage)


Pay Policy Statements

Council awards and accreditations

The Council has won a range of awards which recognises its innovation and achievements.

Living wage logo Harlow Council is a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage is an hourly rate  set independently and updated annually, based on the cost of living in the UK. This means that Council staff do not earn less than the Living Wage.
Living wage logo

The MJ Achievement Awards recognise and praise innovation in local government. In 2012 Harlow Council was a finalist in two categories - Best Achieving Council and Community Investor of the Year.

Two Ticks - Positive about Disabled People symbol

Harlow Council is an accredited member of the Two Ticks Scheme, which was awarded to the Council by Jobcentre Plus in recognition of our commitment regarding employment, retention, training and career development of employees with disabilities. Applicants with a disability who demonstrate that they meet the essential criteria of a job will be guaranteed an interview.

RSPCA logo silver footprint award - stray dog

Harlow Council has been recognised for the work it does in connection with policies and procedures regarding stray dogs by receiving a Silver Footprint Award, as part of the RSCPA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints Scheme.

More information on Council performance and achievements