Lyn is a very experienced, transformational and outcome focused public sector leader with over 25 years’ local government service in 8 different local authorities including Bexley, Crawley, Elmbridge, and Merton councils having started life in the private leisure sector. She has extensive experience of leading large organisations, leading change, supporting organisations in times of difficulty, and managing large complex resource portfolios in times of austerity. Lyn was appointed as Chief Executive in September 2015, joining Thurrock from her joint role in Hammersmith & Fulham and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, where she was the Bi-Borough Executive Director of Environment, Leisure and Residents Services.
Lyn has lead responsibility for the strategic direction and operations of Thurrock Council, ensuring Thurrock provide excellent quality services for the communities and residents of Thurrock. Lyn is highly committed to making a difference to the lives of Thurrock’s residents with a key focus on People, Place and Prosperity. Driving the authority to a unique financial position for Local Government to ensure her team are delivering better outcomes for local people and businesses.
Lyn is part of the Association of South Essex Local Authorities Board (ASELA) and South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) where she leads on the Creative Industries and Green Blue agenda for South Essex. Most recently Lyn has worked collaboratively with a number of stakeholders to secure the Thames Freeport Bid which will bring huge regeneration and development opportunities to South Essex. In her previous role Lyn chaired the Tri-Borough (including Westminster City Council) Public Health Board and the Violence Against Women and Girls Board and is a member of the national Society of Local Authority Chief Executives Board (SOLACE).
Outside the work environment, Lyn has had over 40 years’ involvement in netball – contributing as a player, coach, administrator and volunteer. Lyn was Chairman of Netball Europe, a volunteer role she held for 14 years and more recently appointed on to the International Netball Federation Board as Regional Director to support the delivery and development of Netball globally. Lyn was an England Under-18 andUnder-21 player and became a senior international in 1997, representing England in the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and a year later at the Netball World Championships and winning bronze medals at both.