Our management teams

Corporate Management Team

Our Corporate Management Team (CMT) is made up of three officers, each with their own area of responsibility (directorate). You can see the CMT structure here: CMT Structure Chart May 2021 [pdf] 209KB and read their profiles below:
Nigel Lynn

Nigel Lynn – Chief Executive Officer and Head of Paid Service

Nigel is responsible for our Corporate Support Directorate:

Policy: Corporate Policy, Corporate Performance, Communications, Electoral Services, National Partnerships, Local partner liaison, Design, Print and postal services

Corporate Support: Human Resources, ICT and Web Development, Legal Services, Finance and Information Management

Council Advice & Monitoring: Standards, Monitoring role, Committee Services and Data Protection Officer

Nigel joined Arun in 2011 with a wealth of public and private sector experience, including having previously been Deputy Chief Executive at Spelthorne Borough Council.

Nigel’s external roles include: Advisor to the LGA Culture and Sports Board, Peer Assessor for the LGA and Chair of the Chief Leisure and Culture Officers Association’s National Executive.

Contact:  nigel.lynn@arun.gov.uk

Telephone: 01903 737600


philippa dart

Philippa Dart – Director of Services

Philippa is responsible for:

Community Wellbeing: Leisure, Foreshores, Wellbeing, Voluntary and Community Sector, Safeguarding, Lifeline and Community Safety

Residential Services:  Housing Strategy & Enabling, Registered Providers of Social Housing, Homelessness & Allocations, Housing & Housing Revenue Account (HRA), Revenues & Benefits

Neighbourhood Services: Car Parking, Parks, Cleansing, Cemeteries, Emergency Planning and Customer Services

Philippa joined Arun in 1998 having previously worked in the private sector. Her roles with us include Head of Greenspace, Engineering and Emergency Planning and Assistant Director of Environmental Services.

Contact: philippa.dart@arun.gov.uk
Telephone: 01903 737811



karl roberts

Karl Roberts – Director of Place

Karl is responsible for:

Planning: Development Control; Local Plan & Policy, Strategic Development Team and Technical Administration Support

Technical Services: Property, Estates & Facilities, Local Land Charges (including Street Name & Numbering), Engineering Services, Building Control, Environmental Health, Private Sector Housing, Licensing

Economy: Economic Policy and Research; Tourism, Town Centre Management, Economic Partnerships and Business Development

Karl has worked with us since 2009, having previously worked in Cornwall. Before becoming Director of Place, Karl was Assistant Director of Planning and Economic Regeneration.

Telephone: 01903 737760


Senior Management Team

Under the Corporate Management Team there are nine Group Heads who make up the Senior Management Team (SMT). Structure charts are available for each directorate:

Directorate of Corporate Support (May 2021).pdf [pdf] 585KB
Directorate of Place [pdf] 391KB
Directorate of Services [pdf] 340KB

Our Group Heads:

Jackie Follis

Jackie Follis
Group Head of Policy

Call 01903 737580
Carolin Martlew Carolin Martlew
Interim Group Head of Corporate Support and Section 151 Officer
Call 01903 737568

Neil Crowther

Neil Crowther
Group Head of Planning

Call 01903 737839

Nat Slade

Nat Slade
Group Head of Technical Services

Call 01903 737683

Denise Vine

Denise Vine
Group Head of Economy

Call 01903 737846

Robin Wickham

Robin Wickham
Group Head of Community Wellbeing

Call 01903 737835

Joe Russell Wells

Joe Russell-Wells
Group Head of Neighbourhood Services

Call 01903 737914

Satnam Kaur

Satnam Kaur
Group Head of Residential Services

Call 01903 737718