Chief executive, directors and services

Government intervention

On Friday 2 September 2022, the government appointed Essex County Council to support us with the financial challenges we face. This intervention is in response to concerns about levels of financial risk and debt. Go to Government intervention into Thurrock Council.

Chief Executive and Directors' Board

The Chief Executive is the most senior officer of the council, appointed by councillors to be the 'head of paid service'. Corporate Directors and Directors are officers who report directly to the Chief Executive. Their areas of responsibility are shown in our organisation structure chart.

Chief Executive

The chief executive is responsible for:

  • managing the council's employees, services and work
  • setting important directions for the council
  • making sure the decisions councillors make are carried out

Directors' Board

Directors' Board is responsible for:

  • checking performance across the council
  • delivering the government's initiatives and policies
  • supporting managers and staff to develop and deliver services
  • working with other organisations

Directors' Board membership

Person Role
Ian Wake Acting Chief Executive
Sheila Murphy Corporate Director of Children's Services
Jackie Hinchliffe Director of Human Resources, Organisational Development and Transformation
Julie Rogers Director of Public Realm
Karen Wheeler Director of Strategy, Engagement and Growth
Jonathan Wilson Interim Director of Finance and Section 151 Officer
Les Billingham Interim Director of Adults Social Care
Ewelina Sorbjan Interim Director of Housing
Mark Bradbury Interim Director of Place
Kerry Thomas Chief Executive's Business Manager

We publish a list of senior managers' salaries.