Leadership Team

The Leadership Team is responsible for managing the activities of the Council staff and for advising Councillors on the potential implications of political decisions.

Rochford District Council’s Leadership Team currently consists of two Directors and six Assistant Directors:



Jonathan Stephenson 
Chief Executive, Rochford District Council and Brentwood Borough Council (HPS, RO, ERO)

Angela Hutchings
Strategic Director 


Assistant Directors

(reports to J. Stephenson)

Marcus Hotten - Place & Environment
Open Spaces; Street Scene; Waste & Recycling; Development Management; Building Control; Planning Policy; Economic Development.

Angela Law - Legal & Democratic
Monitoring Officer; Data Protection Officer; Legal; Elections; Information; Democratic inc. Civics, Corporate Services Team and Overview & Scrutiny; Procurement. 

Naomi Lucas - Resources
Section 151 Officer; Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO); Accountancy; Performance; Payments and Income; Revenues and Benefits; Audit.


(reports to A. Hutchings)

Louisa Moss - People & Communities
Regulation of Investigatory Powers (RIPA) Officer; Environmental Health; Community Safety; Housing; Safeguarding; Partnerships; Licensing.

Matt Harwood-White - Assets & Commercial
Director GGT (GM); Leisure; Asset Management; Emergency Planning; Health & Safety; Transportation.

Dawn Tribe - Transformation and Customer
Director GGT (GM); Customer Services; Transformation; ICT inc. Digital and Support Services; Communication.

Statutory Roles: Head of Paid Service (HPS), Returning Officer (RO) & Electoral Registration Officer (ERO), Regulation of investigatory Powers (RIPA) Officer, Monitoring Officer, Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO), Data Protection Officer (DPO) and Section 151 Officer.

A full structure chart, including a breakdown of service areas for each Assistant Director, can be found in the Related Content section as a PDF.

By law, senior Council staff are not allowed to participate in any party political activity and are expected to advise and assist all Councillors irrespective of their political affiliation. All officers are also covered by an Officer Code of Conduct, details of which can be found in the Related Content section.