Executive Recruitment

About us

The Council - at a glance 

The Mayor 

Hackney has had a directly elected Mayor since 2002. The Mayor selects some of the councillors to be part of his Cabinet. Together, they decide what policies should be put before the Council for a vote. Mayor and councillors are elected every four years.

Philip Glanville was elected Mayor of Hackney in May 2016, and re-elected in 2018, and is the borough’s second directly elected Mayor.

Read the Mayor’s Manifesto 2018: Building a fairer, safer and more sustainable Hackney.

The Chief Executive 

The work of the Council is implemented by council officers - these are staff who are not elected and are not party political. The person who is in overall charge of these staff is the Chief Executive. The Chief Executive is responsible for the strategic overview of all council services and for leading the Council's core management team in ensuring the Mayor's strategic priorities are met. 

Council departments

Chief Executive’s – Led by Tim Shields, Chief Executive
Children, Adults and Community Health – Led by Anne Canning, Group Director
Finance and Corporate Resources – Led by Ian Williams, Group Director
Neighbourhoods and Housing – Led by Kim Wright, Group Director

We are very happy to report that the majority of staff speak highly of the Council and are satisfied in their role. They have a good understanding of change and feel well communicated with, and 72% are proud to work for the Council.  

View the Council's structure.

Political composition - Labour controlled 

52 + 1 directly elected mayor

Your councillors 

Local ward councillors are responsible for representing the people who live in the area on a wide variety of issues. Councillors (also known as Members) are normally elected for four year terms and are elected by local people to plan, run, monitor and develop council services. 

The Speaker 

The Speaker of the Council performs a ceremonial and civic role and is a serving councillor elected to the office of Speaker for one year by fellow council members at their annual meeting.  

The Council's constitution 

The Council's constitution is the overall set of rules which governs how the Council operates.

The constitution outlines how decisions are made and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people.

It also includes protocols and codes which set out the standards of conduct and behaviour that the Council expects of councillors and its staff.

Some of these processes are required by the law, while others are a matter for the Council to choose.