Corporate Services

Lydia Morrison

Chief Finance Officer, Section 151 and Director of Corporate Services

Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council

Tel: 023 9244 6624


Lydia is a qualified accountant and has worked across diverse areas of industries and services within the public, private and charitable sector. Over her 30 year finance career Lydia has gained experience implementing and delivering high value capital projects across a varied portfolio of property as well as in the formulation and execution of fiscal and financial policy.

Lydia is the Chief Finance Officer with Section 151 responsibilities.

Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, Lydia is responsible for advising Councillors and managers on all aspects of Financial Strategy, financial management and statutory reporting.

Heads of Service

Brian Wood

Customer Service

Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council

Tel: 01730 234150


With more than 35 years experience of providing customer facing services, Brian is responsible for Customer Services, Revenues and Benefits, Election Services, Corporate Support, Local Land Charges, Address Management and Research and Insight.

A Fellow of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation, Brian is focussed on using customer insight to develop new ways of delivering services and deploying modern, cost-efficient technologies to improve customer satisfaction and insight.

Susan Parker

Programmes, Redesign and Quality

Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council

Tel: 023 9244 6493


With 25 years of experience of the commercial sector alongside the successful delivery of strategic partnerships and transformation programmes in the public sector, Sue is the strategic lead for business solutions, workspace logistics, facilities management services and corporate governance. As Head of Programmes, Redesign and Quality, Sue directs the delivery of major corporate initiatives; overseeing professional project management and business analyst resources to secure the best outcomes for the customer and the organisation aided by excellent digital design and workstyle management.

Sue is also the Senior Information Risk Owner for the council and leads the organisation in ensuring compliance with all information governance requirements.

Caroline Tickner

Head of Organisational Development

Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council

Tel: 023 9244 6139


Caroline is a versatile Human Resources (HR) and Organisational Development (OD) professional with more than 20 years experience in both public and private sectors. Caroline is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and holds advanced qualifications in strategic leadership, organisational development and coaching. Organisational Development, Democratic Services, Health & Safety and Emergency Planning are also areas of responsibility for her role.

Chris Bradley

Head of Commercial Development

Havant Borough Council and 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.

Claire Hughes

Head of Strategic Commissioning

Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council

Tel: 023 9244 6633


Claire has worked in local government for over 25 years and provides strategic leadership for Havant Borough Council and East Hampshire District Council on a variety of commercial contracts including; environmental services, leisure services and the 6 councils contract. Claire is responsible for ensuring the contracts deliver efficient and cost effective services to residents.

David Brown

Head of Legal (interim) and Monitoring Officer

East Hampshire District Council and Havant Borough Council

Tel: 023 9244 6524


David Brown, a barrister, moved into public service after seven years in chambers; including overseas appointments. David has served the public as a lawyer for more than 18 years. Legal Services is made up of 14 lawyers, legal officers and legal assistants, who provide specialist and pro-active legal advice to officers at both East Hampshire District and Havant Borough Councils. The service ensures the legality of all decisions at both councils are compliant with legislation and government policy, statutory processes, corporate policies, and the Council's constitution.