Operations Directorate

Operations Directorate

Operations Executive Director

James Hassett

Executive Director (Operations)

East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council

Tel: 023 9244 6520  

Email: james.hassett@easthants.gov.uk

With considerable experience in successfully negotiating high value (£80m+) commercial contracts, managing large and complex programmes (£500m+) and delivering a number of high profile projects, James’ background in both public and private sectors is ideally suited to the role of Executive Director (Operations).

A qualified project manager, James has also worked extensively with ISO9001 approaches and techniques. James’ role will assist in embedding a culture of performance and entrepreneurship across both local authorities.

Operations Executive Heads

Natalie Meagher

Head of Neighbourhood Support

East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council

Tel: 023 9244 6561

Email: natalie.meagher@easthants.gov.uk


With over fifteen years management experience, Natalie has proven experience of managing an eclectic range of services that support both HBC & EHDC. Responsible for Parking & Traffic Management, Community Safety & Neighbourhood Quality, Environmental Enforcement, Environmental Health, Pest Control and Planning Enforcement, Natalie focusses on efficiently providing customer led, insight fed outcomes. Key in developing current (and forthcoming) business opportunities for EHDC, Natalie manages services sold to local authorities and external companies.

Tracey Wood

Head of Housing

East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council

Tel: 023 9244 6626

Email: tracey.wood@easthants.gov.uk


With over thirty years of experience, Tracey provides core strategic guidance for both HBC and EHDC on housing services, and works with a variety of customers, commissioners and local agencies. Leading a strong, dedicated team, Tracey’s responsibilities include dealing with issues such as homelessness, strategy formulation, the development of the Home Choice Partnership and co-ordinating activities regarding the impact of Welfare Reform.

Brian Wood

Head of Customer Services

East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council

Tel: 01730 234150

Email: brian.wood@easthants.gov.uk


With over 30 years experience of providing customer facing services, Brian is responsible for Customer Services, Revenues and Benefits, Election Services, Corporate Support including Data Protection and Freedom of Information requests. Brian acts as the Senior Information Risk Owner for both Councils. A Fellow of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation, Brian is focussed on developing new ways of working and deploying new cost-efficient technologies to improve customer satisfaction and insight.

Simon Jenkins

Head of Planning (EHDC only)

East Hampshire District Council

Tel: 01730 234199

Email: simon.jenkins@easthants.gov.uk


As Head of Planning for EHDC, Simon additionally manages services for other organisations including the South Downs National Park. A chartered Town Planner and Housing professional with experience of working in both the public and private sectors, Simon is a specialist in planning policy, the management of planning applications and enabling the provision of affordable as well as market housing.