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Leadership team

The Executive Management Team (EMT) comprises of:

  • Chief Executive, Kate Ryan
  • Strategic Director of Housing, Communities, Richard Knott
  • Strategic Director of Corporate Resources, S151 and Transformation, Alan Bethune
  • Strategic Director of Place, Operations, and Sustainability, James Carpenter 

It works to maximise the capacity and effectiveness of the council in delivering the council's corporate plan.

The Executive Management Team is the main interface between the Cabinet and the officers employed to serve the organisation and the community.

It ensures that all service areas of the council are working together in meeting the objectives set, whilst serving the people of the New Forest.

The Executive Management Team (EMT) has collective responsibility for:

  • serving 176,262 (Census 2021) residents
  • running a net revenue budget of £22 million (£14 million funded from Council Tax)
  • a Housing Revenue Account with income from Council House Tenants of £30 million
  • a staff of over 700 people

EMT has ultimate responsibility for leading an organisation that co-ordinates and delivers a diverse range of services, many of which are delivered in partnership with other public sector bodies, the third sector, and with the help of the local community.

Leadership team structure

Our management structure consists of our Chief Executive and Strategic Directors supported by leads in the following areas:

Kate Ryan, Chief Executive

  • Alan Bethune, Strategic Director of Corporate Resources, S151 and Transformation
  • James Carpenter, Strategic Director of Place, Operations, and Sustainability
  • Richard Knott, Strategic Director of Housing and Communities
  • Tanya Coulter, Assistant Director Governance and Monitoring Officer 
  • Amanda Wilson, Information, Governance & Complaints 
  • Matt Wisdom, Democratic Services and Support Services

View structure chart for Chief Executive (PDF) [111KB]  

Richard Knott, Strategic Director of Housing and Communities

 Responsible for:

  • Assistant Director Housing, vacant post
  • Brian Byrne, Estates Management, CCTV, Community Safety and Community Alarms
  • Ritchie Thomson, Housing Major Projects
  • Tim Davis, Housing Strategy and Development
  • Joanne McClay, Environmental and Regulation
  • Chris Pope, Housing Options, Rents, Support and Private Sector Housing
  • Sophie Tuffin, Housing Maintenance Programmes and Servicing
  • Kirsty Farmer, Housing Resident Services

View the structure chart for Housing, Communities and Governance (PDF) [138KB]

Alan Bethune, Strategic Director Corporate Resources, S151 and Transformation

Responsible for:

  • Rebecca Drummond, Assistant Director Transformation
  • Ryan Stevens, Revenue and Benefits 
  • Heleana Aylett, Human Resources
  • Andrew Mills, Estates and Valuation
  • Kevin Green, Finance
  • Josie West, Strategic Procurement
  • Rich Bird, Data, Development and Delivery
  • Kim Gray, ICT Operations
  • Debbie Everett, Electoral Services

View the structure chart for Corporate Resources, S151 and Transformation (PDF) [164KB]

James Carpenter, Strategic Director of Place, Operations, and Sustainability

Responsible for:

  • Chris Noble, Assistant Director Place Operations
  • Steve Cook, Coastal
  • Iain Park - Grounds and Streetscene
  • Paul McHenry, Waste and Transport (interim)
  • Clive Tritton, Assistant Director Place Development
  • David Norris, Development Management
  • Tim Guymer, Policy and Strategy
  • Nick Ford, Building Control
  • Roxanne King - Climate and Sustainability Manager

View structure chart for Place, Operations, and Sustainability (PDF) [103KB]


Job title

Service/functions responsible for

No. of direct reports FTE

Permanent or temporary

Work contact details

Chief Executive

Head of Paid Service



Strategic Director of Housing and Communities




Strategic Director Corporate Resources, S151 & Transformation  

Section 151



Strategic Director of Place, Operations and Sustainability




Assistant Director Housing




vacant post

Assistant Director Transformation




Assistant Director Place Operations




Assistant Director Place Development






Salary information regarding the job titles listed above is available, New Forest District Council Pay Policy Statement - Financial year 2024-25

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