Senior managers

Senior managers

On this page we list our service managers, what they are responsible for and a short statement of their backgrounds and experience.

Assistant Director of Education Services – vacant

Education Services are responsible for the teams that work with schools to raise achievement and standards from 0–19. The service includes the School Improvement Team, the Early Years Improvement Team, the 14–19 Team, School Governor Services, the Virtual School for Looked After Children and the Music Service.

David Austin

Head of Corporate Finance

David provides the management team with technical and professional advice relating to the Council's financial responsibilities. These include corporate budget setting, treasury management, pension fund management, procurement activities, insurance and risk management arrangements and compliance (internal audit, fraud investigations and health and safety).

David is a qualified accountant with 20 years' experience of providing strategic consultancy, management and assurance work for public sector organisations.

Adam Bowles

Head of Organisational Development and Human Resources

Adam leads on organisational development and human resources, supporting the Council's performance through its employees and ensuring it is a great and fair place to work. He is the strategic lead on employee relations to enable a positive relationship with our unions, organisational change, organisational design, reward, performance, engagement, leadership and management development, recruitment, and development of the workforce and cabinet,

Adam has previously held human resources director roles in both the county council and university sectors. Before this he held senior management roles in both human resources and operations in large private sector organisations across the hospitality, distribution and retail sectors. Adam has a BA(Hons) degree and a postgraduate MBA.

Liz Dart

Head of Culture and Community Development (job share)

Liz has lead responsibility for the Council’s relationship with the voluntary and community sectors, community engagement (including the local assemblies programme and Positive Ageing Council), the libraries and information service, sport and leisure, Community Education Lewisham, community assets, the arts and community events such as Blackheath Fireworks and Lewisham People’s Day.

Liz has 20 years’ experience of working in local government and prior to that had a career in the voluntary sector.

Duncan Dewhurst

Head of Service Change & Digital Transformation

Duncan has responsibility for managing the Council’s IT and delivering the Council’s wider transformation programme. Before working at Lewisham Council, Duncan was a senior civil servant in central government (Cabinet Office and HM Treasury). 

Head of Strategy – vacant

This role is responsible for ensuring a ‘one Lewisham’ approach to public services in the borough. This is carried out by supporting the Mayor and Cabinet to fulfil their executive functions, supporting and developing strategic partnerships, developing and implementing cross-cutting strategy, and council-wide internal and external communications. The post holder works to the directly elected Mayor and reports to the Chief Executive.

Joan Hutton

Head of Adult Assessm​ent and Care Management and Health Modernisation

Joan has the overall responsibility for the management of adult social care services, which includes adult safeguarding, assessment and care management and adult in-house provider services.

Joan has worked in a number of professional and management roles across both health and social care services over the past 30 years. She originally trained as a psychotherapist and has completed a masters degree in strategic consultancy and leadership within public sector services.

Assistant Director of Children’s Social Care – vacant

The remit of this role is to provide specialist service provision for the protection of children and young people in the borough. This includes a range of 'early help' commissioned services, as well as referral and assessment response. The holder of this role oversees services to children assessed as 'in need' of specialist provision and services to children subject to a child protection plan. In addition, the role encompasses adoption and fostering services.

James Lee

Head of Culture and Community Development (job share)

James has lead responsibility for the Council's relationship with the voluntary and community sectors, community engagement (including the local assemblies programme and Positive Ageing Council), sport and leisure and the arts and community events.

James has extensive experience in the local government having worked for London Councils as well as Camden and Lambeth councils. In addition he has worked for the NHS and has a Master's Degree in Public Policy and Management.

Genevieve Macklin 

Head of Strategic Housing

Genevieve leads and manages Strategic Housing and Regulatory Services, the full range of the Council's housing services, which includes housing strategy and commissioning, housing partnerships and development, homelessness and housing needs, temporary accommodation and private sector housing. The role provides the Mayor and Council with professional advice on all aspects of housing policy and related areas.

Barrie Neal

Head of Policy and Governance

Policy responsibilities include policy development, council-wide performance monitoring, consultation and equalities. Governance responsibilities include managing business meetings of the Council, Mayor & Cabinet and Overview & Scrutiny (including Business Panel and Select Committees) plus a range of regulatory committees and organisation around civic events.

Barrie has served Lewisham for over 13 years during a 27-year career in local government, before which he worked in the voluntary and community sector. His qualifications include a BA (Hons) and postgraduate MBA.

Kath Nicholson 

Head of Law

Kath has overall responsibility for legal advice to and representation of the Council. It also includes the duties of the Council’s statutory monitoring officer and responsibility for the management of European and national parliamentary and local elections. She manages approximately 50 staff.

Kath is a solicitor with over 34 years’ experience in the public and private sector and holds an MBA in Public Sector Management. 

Daniel Ruta

Director of Public Health

Danny Ruta is medically qualified and has completed higher speciality training in public health and is on the GMC/Specialists register. He provides specialist public health leadership and advice for the Council and is director of Public Health.

Geeta Subramaniam-Mooney 

Head of Public Protection and Safety

Geeta has overall responsibility for developing and implementing the Council’s strategies on crime, drugs, anti-social behaviour, youth offending, commissioning drug and alcohol services and supporting people programme.

The role now also includes trading standards, licensing, public health and noise nuisance, environmental protection, food safety and health and safety. Currently Geeta chairs the Council's Rogue Landlords Board, the Events Safety Advisory Group and the SE London Youth Justice Resettlement Consortia.

Geeta also currently chairs the London Heads of Community Safety and is an executive board member of the Youth Justice AD Network.

The service employs around 100 staff and works closely with key partners. Together they have overseen a reduction in crime over the last five years. 

Geeta is qualified in Law (LLB Hons), holds an MA in Applied Criminal Justice & Criminology, a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, Postgraduate Certificate in the Management of Public Sector Services, Postgraduate Diploma in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and OCN in Domestic Homicide Review Chair.

Emma Talbot

Head of Planning  

Emma leads on the operation of the borough’s planning functions by managing planning policy and promoting and coordinating development, focused on strategic place making, to promote the economic, social and environmental well-being of the residents of Lewisham. 

Emma has been with the Council for over 10 years during which time she has led on the borough's most significant development and regeneration projects.

Selwyn Thompson

Head of Financial Services

Selwyn is responsible for co-ordinating, delivering and monitoring the Council's financial strategy and leading the year-end closing of accounts process. He also has responsibility for the Council's pensions and payroll functions. The role involves working closely with councillors, chief officers and external partners to provide support and advice to ensure that decision makers make the best use of taxpayers' money.

Selwyn is a qualified chartered management accountant with 20 years' experience working in local government in a variety of finance roles. He is also a board director of a local authority (part) controlled company.  

Nigel Tyrell 

Head of Environment

Nigel leads and manages environmental services to provide a safe, attractive, healthy and sustainable environment for the people of Lewisham. He manages Waste Management (refuse and recycling), Cleansing, Green Scene (parks and open spaces), Fleet, Bereavement and Passenger services.

Ralph Wilkinson 

Head of Public Services

Ralph is responsible for collecting £150m in Council Tax, business rates and sundry debt, paying out £247m in benefits, the Council’s customer services delivered through the call centre and one stop shop, the payment centre, the parking service, the registration of births, deaths and marriages, emergency planning and business continuity. Ralph manages 240 staff, grants of £259m, income of £11m and operational expenditure of £20m.

Ralph is a qualified member of the Institute of Revenues Rating and Valuation with over 30 years' experience in local government and is a Director of a local authority (part) controlled company.