Council structure and staff

We are a District Council that provides services such as waste and recycling collections, housing, environmental health, electoral registration, planning and building control, parks and leisure.

Harlow has 33 Councillors, three for each of the eleven wards. One third of the Council is re-elected every year, with the exception of years in which County Council elections take place. The political control of Harlow Council is Labour. The political make-up of the Council is: Labour 20 seats, Conservative 13 seats. Recent Harlow Council election results


Our constitution sets out how we operate, how we make decisions and the procedures which are followed to ensure that these are efficient, transparent and accountable to local people. More information on Harlow Council's Constitution

Harlow Council Structure

Corporate Management Team

Managing Director: Brian Keane (Returning Officer)

To contact the Managing Director please write to:

Harlow Council
Civic Centre
The Water Gardens
CM20 1WG

Tel: 01279 446655
Fax: 01279 446844

Harlow Council staff salary levels

Senior posts 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18 2016-17  2015 2014
Managing Director*

£124,848-£135,252 Increase due to national 2% pay offer

£122,400-£132,600 Increase due to national 2% pay offer


Project Director (Enterprise Zone Delivery)

Increase due to national 2% pay offer

£82,752-£93,641 Increase due to national 2% pay offer £81,130-£91,805 £80,826-£90,896 £79,531-£89,996 £77,819-£88,059

Deputy to the Managing Director

As set by Pay Policy 2019-20

Heads of Service

Increase due to national 2% pay offer

£81,663-£91,965 Increase due to national 2% pay offer £80,062-£90,162 £68,700-£79,269 £68,020-£78,484 £66,556-£76,795


*The Managing Director post was created when the former Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer posts were deleted in 2017. These posts were deleted as part of senior management restructure and for comparison the salaries can be found below.

From 2014 to 2017, the former Chief Executive worked part time hours, so the figures represent the salary the post holder was paid in each year.

Deleted posts



Jan 2015


Chief Executive (CE)

Post deleted October 2017


Full time equivalent salary: £144,119-£154,219




Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Post deleted 31 July 2017






The senior posts do not receive any performance related bonuses, benefits in kind or overtime payments. 

In addition the Managing Director receives a payment as Returning Officer which varies according to the elections taking place.

Pay multiple

The pay multiple is the ratio between the highest paid salary and average salary of the whole of the authority’s workforce.

Description 2018-19

Ratio of the Managing Director's FTE salary to the median FTE salary of the Council (£28,315 inclusive of Living Wage)


Ratio of the Managing Director's FTE salary to the lowest paid FTE employees (£17,423 inclusive of Living Wage)



Pay Policy Statements

Gender Pay Gap Report

Council awards and accreditations

The Council has won a range of awards which recognises its innovation and achievements.

Living wage logo We are a Living Wage employer. The Living Wage is an hourly rate  set independently and updated annually, based on the cost of living in the UK. This means that Council staff do not earn less than the Living Wage.
Living wage logo

The MJ Achievement Awards recognise and praise innovation in local government. In 2012 we were a finalist in two categories - Best Achieving Council and Community Investor of the Year.

disability confident committed



We are a Disability Confident Committed employer, which means our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible - applicants with a disability who meet the criteria of a job will be guaranteed an interview. We also support any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health condition, enabling them to stay in work.



RSPCA logo silver footprint award - stray dog

We have been recognised for the work we do in connection with policies and procedures regarding stray dogs by receiving a Silver Footprint Award, as part of the RSCPA’s Community Animal Welfare Footprints Scheme.

More information on Council performance and achievements