Senior officers

Find out about the council employees who implement decisions and run services

Tom Walker

Economy, Investment and Public Health

Salary: £169,104

Tom joined the council in April 2022. He has spent his career in Whitehall, working predominantly in the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Tom has led national policy, delivered on environment, cities and regional policy, neighbourhood planning, and local government reform. Tom has also worked in the Cabinet Office leading the Levelling Up Task Force.

Tom is the Chair of Abney Park Trust, a small voluntary run charity, in his home borough of Hackney.

Responsible for:

  • planning
  • digital connectivity
  • business engagement and sector growth
  • capital programme development, assurance and delivery
  • school organisation and place planning
  • statutory public health responsibilities
  • travellers unit
  • strengthening communities
  • property
  • infrastructure delivery and facilities management
  • Essex Housing
  • Place Services
  • Trading Standards



Phone: 03330 321400

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