Councillor Jeff Hanna
Councillor Jeff Hanna is the Cabinet Member for Transformation and Resources
This role includes:
- our transformation programme
- IT, data and programmes
- council employees, including HR policies and practices
- law and governance
Jeff is a former secondary headteacher and a qualified counsellor.
Having taught in London schools in areas of relative deprivation, Jeff was first drawn to local politics by seeing the inequalities in society around him and his desire to redress the balance.
Jeff served as a councillor for twelve years in Kingston upon Thames, and for a further eight years in Merton. In both London Boroughs, he worked with colleagues to help ensure that council services and resources met the needs of all, and he brings that experience to his role in BCP.
As Cabinet member for Transformation, Jeff sees his role as supporting the continuing process of merging BCP’s three predecessor councils into one. He says:
“As a council we should ensure that all residents are able to access council services with the minimum of fuss, and that their needs are met.
“To make this happen, we need to value the staff who deliver the services, whilst developing background systems that are as efficient and as cost effective as they can be.”
Jeff says that since moving out of London, he and his wife have fallen in love with coastal life, although they still visit their adult children in the city.
Away from work, Jeff enjoys walking and plays tennis and cycles. He has cycle toured thousands of miles in the Middle East, India, Thailand and Cambodia - experiences which he says have given him an insight into how relatively well-off we are in the UK and made him even more determined that the most deprived among us should get a better deal.