Harrow Council new chief executive

Sean HarrissHarrow Council has announced that Sean Harriss (photo), former Bolton and Lambeth CEO, is being recommended for appointment as the council’s new chief executive.
Cllr Graham Henson, leader of Harrow Council who led the councillor panel for appointment, said: “Sean was the panel’s agreed choice from an extremely accomplished field of candidates. We were impressed by Sean’s leadership experience in a wide variety of local government contexts and by his track record of delivering outstanding public services. We are certain he will do an excellent job here.”
Sean Harriss said: “I am truly delighted and honoured to be recommended as Harrow’s new Chief Executive. My first impressions are that Harrow has a lot going for it. It has a strong community spirit, and it’s a diverse, prosperous and high-achieving borough, where people want to get on. I want to help make that a possibility for everyone who calls Harrow home, and I very much look forward to the challenges ahead.”
Sean Harriss was brought up in Lincolnshire and studied politics at university in Nottingham. In 2007 he became chief executive of Bolton Council. In 2014 Sean was instrumental in securing devolution for the Greater Manchester region. The following year, he joined London Borough of Lambeth, a very interesting place! He’s currently CEO of the London shared service oneSource.
The new chief executive is set to take up his post on 4 February. He will take over from Tom Whiting, very able interim chief executive since Michael Lockwood left the council at the end of 2017 to become the first director general of the new Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). Tom will be leaving Harrow Council after 14 years to join the IOPC as deputy director general.