Corporate leadership team
The Corporate Leadership Team is the council’s senior management team. It is headed by the council’s Chief Executive, Tom Riordan and includes the following officers:
Chief Executive – Tom Riordan
Tom is responsible for the overall coordination and management of the council's activities. He supports the Leader of the Council and Executive Board and ensures delivery of their policies and objectives, in particular the delivery of the council's Business Plan and City Priority plans. He is the named Returning Officer for Elections and also has a role in terms of supporting the leadership of the Leeds City Region.
Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Strategy & Resources – Alan Gay
Alan is responsible for support services to the council as a whole. These include HR, finance, ICT, catering, cleaning, democratic services and support for Elected Members, elections, procurement, the Public Private Partnerships Unit, revenues and benefits (includes council tax and other benefits and business rates) and registrars (births, deaths and marriages). Alan is also the council's statutory finance (section 151) officer.
Assistant Chief Executive (Citizens and Community) – James Rogers
James is responsible for the council’s strategic policy, partnerships, localities, performance, improvement and customer services (one stop centres and the contact centre) teams. This includes the council's communications and marketing activities, equalities, business change and improvement, area management and support to the city’s strategic partnership, the Leeds Initiative. James is also responsible for information governance and research and intelligence activities, along with responsibilities for work on the regional policy agenda. James is also a non-executive director of Marketing Leeds and a Trustee of the Leeds United Foundation.
City Solicitor – Catherine Witham
Catherine is the Chief Legal Officer and heads up the council’s Legal Service. Catherine is also the Monitoring Officer with responsibility for ensuring that council decisions are both lawful and fair.
Director of Adult Social Care – Sandie Keene
Sandie is responsible for all adult social care services requiring the assessment for, and arrangement of, services to meet the personal social care needs of those who may be physically or learning disabled, have mental health needs or may be frail through old age. This includes provision of information, social work, safeguarding, support to voluntary and independent providers of care and direct management of a range of home care, day time support and residential services.
Director of Children’s Services – Nigel Richardson
Nigel is responsible for all children’s services in Leeds including the initiative to make Leeds a Child Friendly City. These services include: school admissions and support to schools and school governors; the youth services including Breeze activities; early help and children’s centres; children’s social care services including children’s homes, fostering and adoption; services targeted to children and young people who need extra support including those with learning difficulties and disabilities and youth offending services.
Director of City Development – Martin Farrington
Martin is responsible for property, highways including potholes and street lighting, libraries, museums, galleries and stately homes, sports and leisure centres, business support, markets, regeneration work, jobs and skills and cultural events such as Party in the Park and Opera in the Park. He is responsible for the management of the city’s major developments such as the Leeds Arena and the transformation of the central shopping area. The Chief Planning Officer, Phil Crabtree, also reports to Martin.
Director of Environment and Neighbourhoods – Neil Evans
Neil is responsible for bins and other refuse services, street cleaning, graffiti removal, fly tipping, recycling, environmental health including noise nuisance and pest control. He is also responsible for the city’s parks and areas of countryside, community safety, anti-social behaviour, parking fines and housing and homelessness.
Director of Public Health – Dr Ian Cameron
Ian is responsible for promoting health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities. This includes sexual health, smoking cessation, alcohol and drug misuse, mental health and dental health services, and interventions to tackle obesity. He is also responsible for protecting the health of the local population from threats ranging from relatively minor disease outbreaks to full scale public health protection, such as immunisation and screening, prevention and control of infection.