Our Leadership Team

Our permanent leadership team offers a broad variety of experience to support us through the changing nature of our organisation.

Tracey Sampson

Director of HR and OD

I’m the Director for HR and OD.  I have worked in HR across the region in health and local government for over 25 years and I’ve been in this role in Herefordshire since 2016.
I’m really proud to work for Herefordshire Council. It’s an organisation that aims to create a great working environment where people are supported to be the best they can be.  The work we do here matters and can be really challenging at times but we work hard to create a culture of support and our people make Herefordshire a brilliant place to work. We call it the Spirit of Herefordshire.

In my free time I love being outdoors. I am a keen gardener and we regularly show our produce.  I am also a volunteer ‘host’ for the charity Re-engage and I am a cricket and tennis super fan.

Andrew Lovegrove

Director of Resources and Assurance

I’m the Director for Resources and Assurance and joined Herefordshire Council in March 2017 as Chief Financial Officer – S151 Officer. In January 2022 I became the Director for Resources and Assurance retaining the position of Section 151 Officer.

I’ve worked in public practice, a range of industries, the charity sector, social housing and spent the last 20 years in a local government executive finance role. I enjoy delivering change and driving innovative delivery models that exceed expectation.

When I’m not at work I enjoy family life with my wife and three grown up children, walking the dog and gardening.

Claire Porter

Director of Governance and Legal Services

I joined Herefordshire in early 2022 as the Director of Governance and Legal Services and the Council’s Monitoring Officer. I came from Shropshire Council so it was like joining a sister authority. I had worked with many colleagues over the years in Hereford on joint projects so felt at home straight away.  It is the people who always make any organisation and that is my main reason for wanting to work and stay here, my staff and colleagues are key to enjoying my work.  I am privileged to work across all services so I have a real understanding of what the Council does and should do.  I believe passionately in public service and have over my career always undertaken charity/voluntary work alongside my full time job.  I have two grown up children, one is a teacher, the other is training to be a lawyer abroad.  Since joining Herefordshire I have only witnessed staff and councillors who care deeply for their community and work hard to achieve the best. 

Amy Pitt

Director of Strategy and Transformation

I have worked for Herefordshire Council for 13 years, I started as a temp in the housing team and have been in a number of roles within Adult Services including commissioning, integration with health, strategy development and implementation and transformation.

Herefordshire has a fantastic breadth of communities across the County that provide a huge range of activities, support and infrastructure to many people, which was brilliantly demonstrated during Covid and the floods in 2020. Building and working collaboratively with communities and the work within culture, arts and leisure is a key passion and priority for me, and there are a number of exciting transformational projects underway within the Communities division that will enhance and support our vision to keep people well in their communities.