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Chief Officers of Hampshire County Council

Organisation chart - senior management


Hampshire County Council’s Corporate Management Team

The Corporate Management Team (CMT) comprises of eight Chief Officers and is led by the Chief Executive. CMT work with, and for, the Leader and Cabinet to maximise the capacity and effectiveness of the organisation in order to protect and build strong, sustainable public services that improve the quality of life for the people of Hampshire.

CMT acts as the main interface between the Cabinet of the County Council and its officers, employed to serve the organisation and the community. It is the role of CMT to provide the strategic capacity and operational management of the varied services for which the Council is responsible.


John Coughlan

John Coughlan, Chief Executive

John Coughlan, CBE, has been Chief Executive of Hampshire County Council since November 2015 and is responsible for managing the third largest shire authority in England serving 1.3 million residents and running a budget of around £1.9 billion. He oversees the running of almost 500 local authority maintained schools together with services supporting over 80,000 adults and older people, 6,700 children and families, and maintaining more than 5,000 miles of Hampshire’s roads. Over the past ten years, Hampshire County Council has been consistently rated as one of the top performing County Councils in the country.

Prior to becoming the Chief Executive in 2015, John Coughlan was Deputy Chief Executive of the County Council for six years, and Director of Children’s Services since 2005. He was also Corporate Director of Social Care in Telford and Wrekin Council, and Assistant Director for Children and Families in Dudley. John Coughlan spent the first ten years of his career working directly with children in care in Birmingham.

He became the last President of the Association of Directors of Social Services in 2006, before becoming founding Joint President of the Association of Director’s of Children’s Services (ADCS) in 2007. He remains on the Board of Directors of ADCS. He has been a member of the Governing Council of the National College for Schools Leadership, the Family Justice Review and of the Children’s Improvement Board.

In 2008, John Coughlan was urgently appointed by the Secretary of State to be Interim Director of Children’s Services in the London Borough of Haringey, in order to bring stability to that authority in the aftermath of the ‘Baby P’ child protection crisis. In 2013, again subject to a Secretary of State Direction, John was appointed as the permanent Director of Children’s Services for the Isle of Wight Council through a unique partnership which has seen Hampshire take responsibility for schools and children's services on the island to help improve what were failing services.

John was awarded a CBE in the 2009 New Year honours list, in recognition of his work for children’s services.


Corporate Services

Corporate Services came into effect on 1 August 2012, following a review of all the support services that keep the County Council functioning on a day-to-day basis, including Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology and Procurement.

The new operating model for Corporate Services adopts a more joined up and collaborative way of working that avoids duplication and reduces cost across the organisation. These changes have brought substantial benefits to the County Council, placing us in a uniquely strong position for future growth and investment.

Corporate Services is made up of three function areas, each headed up by a Director.

Carolyn Williamson, Director of Corporate Resources

Carolyn Williamson, County Treasurer

Carolyn Williamson is responsible for the shared services partnership between Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Oxfordshire County Council. This unique public sector partnership delivers Finance, HR and transactional services to each organisation, underpinned by joint governance and cost sharing arrangements.

Carolyn is also responsible for the County Council’s IT service and leads on the implementation of the Council’s new Digital Strategy – which is focussed on providing quality services in a way that meet the needs and expectations of residents.

She also holds the position of Chief Financial Officer for Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Pension Fund and Board, and the Police & Crime Commissioner for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Carolyn is CIPFA (Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy) qualified, since 1991. She has been a Member of the CIPFA Council since 2013, which is the Board of Trustees responsible for governing CIPFA. She was presented with the Iain Doig CIPFA award in 2004 for her contribution to CIPFA and was also presented with the CIPFA Public Reporting & Accountability Award for Innovation in 2004. She was Chair of LASAAC (Local Authority Scotland Accounts Advisory Committee) and a member of CIPFA/LASAAC until 2005.

Carolyn was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Resources at Southampton City Council. Prior to that she was Director of Corporate Services with Inverclyde Council, in West Central Scotland, and before that held a number of finance posts in Local Government and the NHS across Scotland

Paul Archer, Director of Transformation and Governance

Paul Archer

Paul Archer is responsible for Transformation, Strategic Procurement and the Governance of the County Council. His Director role includes accountability for the Council’s Monitoring Officer role, the in-house legal services function, member advice and support, corporate compliance, risk, emergency planning and Health and Safety.

Paul qualified as an accountant in 1997. He spent five years as head of waste management from 2002 for the top performing and most forward thinking waste disposal authority in the UK, leading the authority through the successful development and implementation of key, world class infrastructure valued at some £200m. After three successful years as Assistant and Deputy Director in Environment, Paul took on the role of Assistant Chief Executive in May 2010 during which time he successfully led the Council’s first major (£100m) efficiencies and expenditure reduction programme.

After assuming his Director role in 2012, Paul led the planning and implementation for Hampshire’s high performing three year (Supporting) Troubled Families programme and also successfully led the County Council’s successor cost reduction programme, Transformation to 2015, which resulted in the further delivery of a second £100m of savings.

Paul’s responsibilities were broadened in 2015 to be directly accountable for Transformation planning and programme planning across the Council, and more recently he has assumed responsibility for strategic (central) procurement, providing leadership capacity for the Council in a what is a key area of business.

Dr Sallie Bacon, Director of Public Health (Interim)

Sallie Bacon Milton took up the role of Hampshire County Council's Director of Public Health (Interim) in December 2015.

Her team provide the specialist leadership to the County Council's Public Health responsibilities. There are number of key responsibilities which must be delivered, such as sexual health services, NHS health checks, the National Child Measurement Programme, and public health advice to NHS Commissioners and health protection. The County Council will decide on other priorities for the county based on the needs of local populations. These services may vary across the county.


Graham Allen, Director for Adult Services

Graham Allen, Interim Director for Adult Services

Graham joined Hampshire County Council Adult Services in January 2015 as Integrated Services Director initially responsible for operational services in West Hampshire. On 1 November 2015 he was appointed Interim Director of Adult Services. He was appointed Director of Adult Services on 1 May 2016.

Since June 2015 his focus has been the transformation of Adult Services, re-designing and re-aligning current services to ensure social care continues to focus on supporting the most vulnerable older people, and adults with learning and physical disabilities, while adopting a strengths based approach: looking at what people can do with their skills and their resources and how those around them, in their relationships and communities, can support them.

Graham was previously Assistant Director/Head of Operations for older people and physical disability services at Cornwall Council, which he joined in 2003. In 2012 he operated in a joint post as Head of Operations for the local authority and Chief Operating Officer/ Executive Director of CIC (the not for profit community health service). Graham is a Registered Social Worker, having qualified in 1994. He spent the first nine years of his professional career working in the criminal justice arena, primarily working with and managing teams specialising in high risk sexual and violent offenders.

He is married with two college/university aged children. His interests include travel and theatre/ visual arts.


Steve Crocker, Director for Children’s Services

Steve Crocker, interim Director if Children's Services

Steve Crocker was appointed Interim Director of Children’s Services in November 2015, having served Hampshire County Council as Deputy Director of Children’s Services for six years. As the Departmental Director, Steve is responsible for the educational outcomes for children in schools and for children’s social care both in Hampshire and also for the Isle of Wight Council, under a Strategic Partnership arrangement, initiated by the Department for Education.

Steve has more than 25 years experience in social work and social work management, during which time his notable achievements include helping to set up and lead the Oxfordshire Youth Offending Service, before moving on to head up the Wessex Youth Offending Service.

Since 2009, he has led and guided Hampshire County Council through a series of challenging Ofsted inspections. In the most recent Inspection in 2014, against a new Single Inspection Framework (SIF), Hampshire Children’s Services were assessed, as in the 2011 outcome, as being either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ across all domains. At the time of his appointment to Interim Director, this outcome was the highest set of gradings for any Authority inspected under the new framework.

He is also Chair of the Serious Case Review Committee in Hampshire, working with the Hampshire Safeguarding Children Board’s independent chair, and the lead representatives from partner agencies including Hampshire Constabulary and the NHS.

Steve’s track record of strong performance has earned him significant national recognition. Examples of this include being asked to play a lead role in Professor Julian LeGrande’s review of Birmingham City Council’s Children’s Services.


Karen Murray, Director of Culture, Communities and Business Services

Karen Murray

Karen Murray became Director of Culture, Communities and Business Services (CCBS) in April 2011. Before that, she was Director of Property, Business and Regulatory Services which has merged with the Culture, Communities and Rural Affairs department to become CCBS.

CCBS is the Council’s centre for community and cultural services, and also manages our property interests and a range of business services. Karen brings a wealth of experience to this role, having led a large number of services in the Council over many years.


Stuart Jarvis, Director of Economy, Transport and Environment

Stuart Jarvis was appointed as Director of Environment in November 2010. In March 2011, the Economic Development Office moved into the Environment Department, creating the new Economy, Transport and Environment Department.

Prior to this his appointment as Director, Stuart served for 15 months as Managing Director of PUSH (Partnership for Urban South Hampshire) on a secondment from the County Council, where he had been appointed as the Deputy Director of Environment in May 2004. Before joining Hampshire Stuart was the County Planning and Transport Officer for Somerset County Council, and previously worked in various posts in Pembrokeshire County Council, Preseli District Council, Southampton City Council and Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.

The Department is responsible for Economic Development and Regeneration, Highways and Transport, Waste Management, Minerals and Waste Planning, and general Environment services within the County Council.