The Harlow Council Constitution sets out how we operate, how we make decisions and the procedures we follow.
The Harlow Council Corporate Strategy 2021 to 2024 outlines the council’s vision, with our principles and priorities and how we will achieve them over the next 3 years.
Councillors and Full Council
The council is run by 33 councillors, who form the Full Council. They are elected by the local community and serve for a period of 4 years, with one third of the council being re-elected every year.
The political control of Harlow Council is Conservative. There are 20 Conservative, 12 Labour councillors and one vacancy.
The Full Council is responsible for setting budgets and policies.
Full Council meetings take place 6 times a year and are open to the public.
The leader of the council chairs the Cabinet which is made up of councillors appointed by them with defined responsibilities or 'portfolios'.
The leader of the council and cabinet portfolio holders will be appointed at the Annual Council meeting each May.
The chair of the council is chosen by the council and is the Harlow's first citizen and representative.
To support the Cabinet, we have a number of other committees where councillors take decisions.
Each committee focuses on a specific council function. The committees consider issues in detail at scheduled meetings, and then decisions or recommendations are made to the Cabinet or to the Full Council.
Council staff and departments
Whilst elected councillors set the policies, paid employees (council officers) put them into practice.
The council employs over 400 staff. These include housing officers, customer advisors and staff responsible for a wide range of services.
There are 5 services in Harlow Council:
- Communities and Environment
- Strategic Growth and Regeneration
- Governance and Corporate Services
Council senior management team
For full details of our staff structure, you can view our organisation chart.
- Harlow Council organisation chart (pdf)
- Harlow Council organisation chart (xlsx)
- Harlow Council organisation chart (csv)
Brian Keane is the Chief Executive of Harlow Council. Brian is the Head of Paid Service.
Simon Freeman is the Deputy to the Chief Executive and Director of Finance. Simon is the Section 151 Officer (Chief Financial Officer).
- Insurance and Risk
- Internal Audit
- Revenues and Benefits
Andrew Murray is the Director of Housing.
- Housing Asset Management and Facilities
- Housing Assets and Business Systems
- Housing Management
- Housing Needs and Options
- Housing Projects
- Home Ownership
- Leah Manning Centre
- Non-Housing Asset Property and Facilities
- Supported Housing
- Tenant and Leaseholder Engagement
- Office Facilities
Communities and Environment
Jane Greer is the Director of Communities and Environment.
- Arts, Culture and Tourism
- Community Safety
- Community Engagement
- Economic Growth and Development
- Environmental Health
- Environmental Management (including carbon management)
- Health and Wellbeing
- Harlow Museum and Walled Gardens
- Harlow Playhouse
- Pets’ Corner
- Sam’s Place
- Street Scene
- Waste and Recycling
Strategic Growth and Regeneration
Andrew Bramidge is the Director of Strategic Growth and Regeneration.
- Building Control
- Development Management
- Council Housing Delivery
- Regeneration projects
- Planning Policy
Governance and Corporate Services
Simon Hill is the Director of Governance and Corporate Support. Simon is the council’s Monitoring Officer.
- Business Continuity
- Corporate and Governance Support
- Customer Services
- Electoral Services
- Human Resources
- Legal Services
- Local Land Charges
- Performance management
- Project support