Islington Council's chief executive is Lesley Seary. Lesley came to the council from Lewisham Council where she was executive director for customer services. She started in her role at Islington Council on 2 June 2011.
The Chief Executive is the Head of the Council who leads and takes responsibility for the work of the 3,500+ paid staff, who run the local authority on a day to day basis, providing over 600 local services. The role of Chief Executive is a full time appointment.
As principal policy adviser, the Chief Executive ensures that central government legislation is translated and implemented locally through policy planning, reporting arrangements and strong performance management systems.
Although managing the whole council, there are a few service areas where central government places a requirement on the Chief Executive to personally ensure that the arrangements being put in place by directors/departments are sound - these are:
- emergency planning
- the protection of vulnerable children
- ensuring effective partnership working to reduce crime and promote community safety