Management Team

The Chief Executive, Steve Hearse, leads the Council's Strategic Management Team (SMT) and the Operational Management Team (OMT)

Strategic Management Team (SMT)

This team is the main officer decision making body and works alongside and for the councillors you elect to run the District Council's services, such as waste collection, street cleaning, parks, play areas, leisure, housing services, economic development and regeneration, planning and more.

The Strategic Management Team (SMT):

SMT is responsible amongst other things for:

  • Managerial leadership and direction of the council;
  • The development of corporate policy and initiatives for Council consideration;
  • Co-ordination and commissioning of council-wide activity, planning and programme management to deliver top quality local services.

This team is responsible for the work of around 260 staff and leads an organisation that provides vital local services; co-ordinates with the public sector partners, the private and voluntary sectors; and represents the interests of Torridge on a local, regional, national and even international stage.

The SMT and their salaries:

Information regarding the pay of senior officers can be found in the Council's Pay Policy which can be viewed on the right hand side of this page.


Operational Management Team (OMT)

The Operational Management Team (OMT), in addition to members of SMT, comprises of the following:

  • Major Projects & Estates Manager - Adrian Redwood
  • Public Health & Housing Manager - Janet Williams
  • Strategy, Performance & ICT Manager - Jon Walter
  • HR & Comms Manager - Sarah Ayres
  • Operational Services Manager - Richard Haste
  • Legal Services Manager - Damian Hunter (wef 1.2.21)
  • Planning Manager - Shaun Harrington