Commercial Directorate

Commercial Directorate

Commercial Executive Director

Gill Kneller

Executive Director (Commercial)

East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council

Tel: 01730 234004  


Gill is the Executive Director with oversight of commercial matters including commercialisation of council services, the development of new products and ventures, economic development and regeneration. Gill is the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire lead officer for the Solent Energy Strategy.

Gill has held senior management positions for a number of councils where she has gained extensive experience of delivering service improvements, leading change and commissioning.

Gill also has experience of working as a consultant in the private sector. She is an Environmental Health Officer by profession and holds a number of post graduate qualifications including a Masters in Risk Management.

Commerical Executive Heads

Julia Potter

Head of Development

East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council

Tel: 01730 234376  



Julia is a qualified housing professional with experience in leading planning, housing, property and economic development teams. Julia is responsible for development for HBC and EHDC, and works with public and private organisations to maximise investment in many local development and regeneration projects. Her priorities are the delivery of jobs, skills and training for local communities and the creation of long term investment opportunities for HBC and EHDC. The role also has responsibility for the management of the Capital Asset portfolio.

Chris Bradley

Head of Commercial Development (East Hants only)

East Hampshire District Council

Tel: 01730 234079


By generating income through driving the adoption of good business practices, Chris aims to create better communities by delivering a Triple Bottom Line of profit, people and place. Leading commercial activities, Chris’ team also offers specialist support in market research, programme management, finance and business development.With hands-on experience of public sector commercialism, Chris comes from a commercial background, having designed, won and delivered products and services across a wide range of markets, including local and central government, science and technology, engineering and business support.

Tim Slater

Interim Head of Contracts and Commissioning

East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council

Tel: 023 9244 6276



The role encompasses a public Joint Venture company, Norse South East, Winchester Environmental Services Partnership with Biffa and English Landscapes, Leisure contracts and partnerships and delivery of other strategic contracts.