Kingston Council appoints three new Directors to its Senior Leadership Team

Kingston Council has appointed three new Directors to its Senior Leadership Team.

Sarah Ireland is the new Director, Corporate and Commercial, Nazeya Hussain joins as Director, Growth and Stephen Evans as Director, Communities. All three will join Chief Executive, Charlie Adan, Deputy Chief Executive, Roy Thompson and Stephen Taylor, Director of Adults as part of the Senior Leadership Team to help deliver the ambitious plans for the borough.

Sarah Ireland joins the Council from the London Borough of Croydon where she is the Director of Commissioning and Improvement. Her most recent role involves leading services in strategic commissioning, service improvement, embedding equalities and diversity within service provision, commercial contract management, procurement and performance improvement.

Sarah is passionate about local service delivery and the influence local government can have in enhancing community life. She has worked in local government for over 25 years in a variety of roles including finance commissioning, procurement, strategy, policy, performance community and third sector development. Sarah has worked across both corporate facing and operational frontline services including working closely with local communities to develop new approaches to service delivery, leading the commercialisation of local government services and contract management, as well as developing social value approaches with private sector partners.

Nazeya Hussain is currently Corporate Director at both Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council with responsibility for planning, skills, corporate assets, regeneration, corporate planning, customer and partner engagement and commercialism.

Nazeya started her career helping Councils to secure European structural funds for capacity building programmes in East London, focusing on deprived neighbourhoods. She then moved to the London Borough of Greenwich, leading on their regeneration policy work and supporting O2 and Woolwich Arsenal regeneration as part of Thames Gateway. Nazeya has also worked at Tunbridge Wells Borough Council where she helped transform the Council from 'weak' to 'excellent' in two years as well as leading the estate based regeneration.

Stephen Evans joins Kingston from the London Borough of Barnet, where he is currently Assistant Chief Executive which includes responsibility for corporate strategy, communications, customer services, community engagement, governance and organisational development. During his seven years at Barnet, he has held a number Chief Officer roles including Chief Operating Officer and Director of Strategy, Communications and Customer Services. Stephen played a leading role in Barnet’s transition to becoming a Commissioning Council in 2013 and was one of the chief architects of the Council’s current commissioning approach and structure.

Before his move into local government, Stephen spent 10 years in Whitehall at HM Treasury in a range of senior public spending, policy and Ministerial advisor roles. During his time at the Treasury, he played a lead role in three Whitehall spending reviews as well providing policy advice on the Chancellor’s annual Budget statements.

Charlie Adan, Chief Executive, said: 

“I am delighted to have appointed the three new Directors and look forward to welcoming them to Kingston in the coming months. Their appointments will be critical in helping transform the Council and the way in which local services are provided. They all bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to help deliver the key challenges facing the borough.”

Kevin Davis, Leader of Kingston Council, said: 

“As a Council we need to deliver greater value, focus on enabling our communities and work better with our local partners. The future success of the borough depends on thinking differently about how local services are delivered for our residents. These key new appointments will help transform Kingston into a local authority fit for the future.”

The new Directors will all take up their roles by April of this year.

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