Carolyn Downs

Chief Executive

Carolyn Downs

Carolyn Downs is Brent Council’s Chief Executive, having taken up the position in September 2015.

Prior to her appointment, Carolyn was Chief Executive at the Local Government Association and has also previously served as chief executive of the Legal Services Commission, chief executive of Shropshire County Council and as deputy permanent secretary and director general at the Ministry of Justice.
At Brent, she is the principal policy advisor to the council and the senior manager with responsibility for running the council on a day-to-day basis, including overseeing the council's annual expenditure of around £1 billion.

Carolyn also has overall responsibility for the work of 6,500 staff (including school staff) in more than 200 workplaces providing hundreds of services to Brent's 325,300 residents.

As the statutory Head of Paid Service, Carolyn works closely with elected councillors to deliver leadership and strategic direction to the whole organisation.

She is also responsible for leading and developing strong partnerships with a wide range of national, regional and local agencies.

You can contact the Chief Executive by:

Writing to

Chief Executive
Brent Civic Centre
Engineers Way



  • 020 8937 1007


  • 020 8937 1003