Senior management team

Chief Executive (Head of Paid Service)

The Chief Executive of Herefordshire Council is Paul Walker.

The Chief Executive is the senior officer who leads and takes responsibility for the work of all directly employed staff of the council.

The role of the Chief Executive includes:

  • Leadership: working with elected members of the council to ensure strong and visible leadership and direction. Encourages and enables managers to motivate and inspire their staff to meet agreed objectives and outcomes to improve the quality of life for the people of Herefordshire
  • Strategic direction: ensuring that all employees understand and adhere to the strategic aims of the organisation and follow the direction set by the elected members and the senior management team
  • Policy advice: acting as the principal policy adviser to the elected members of the council on the development of workable strategies to help deliver any political objectives set by the councillors
  • Partnerships: leading and developing strong partnerships with other public services, businesses and voluntary groups across the local community to improve the quality of life and offer better public services for the people of Herefordshire
  • Operational management: overseeing and co-ordinating financial and performance management, risk management and change management within Herefordshire Council

The council consists of three directorates:

Adults and communities

  • Acting Director: Paul Smith

Children and families

  • Acting Director: Catherine Knowles

Economy and place

  • Director: Richard Ball

The council is supported by four divisions that create a corporate centre:

Corporate support

  • Assistant Director: Natalia Silver


  • Assistant Director: Donna Vickers

Finance, legal and democratic services

  • Solicitor to the Council and Acting Deputy Chief Executive: Claire Ward
  • Head of Legal Services and Monitoring Officer: Kate Charlton
  • Chief Finance Officer, Acting Deputy Chief Executive and Section 151 Officer: Andrew Lovegrove

People/Human resources

  • Assistant Director: Tracey Sampson

Other senior post:

Director for public health

  • Acting Director: Rebecca Howell-Jones