Organisational structure

Senior Leadership Team

  • Interim Chief Executive
  • Interim Director of Corporate Services
  • Deputy Chief Executive

Corporate Management Team

The following officers attend the corporate management team fortnightly meetings.

  • Assistant Director Community
  • Assistant Director Commissioning and Technical Services
  • Assistant Director Development
  • Assistant Director Finance and Human Resources
  • Assistant Director Legal and Democratic Services (Monitoring Officer)

Chief Executive responsibilities

The Chief Executive is our Head of Paid Service and has responsibility for overall management of the Council, its vision and strategy. The Policy, Performance and HR section and the Transformation and Customers section report directly to the Chief Executive and provide the following services:

  • Policy, Performance and HR – Employee Relations; Recruitment; Learning and Development; Personnel Admin; Corporate Health and Well-being; Organisational Development; Corporate Policy; Performance Management and Information Governance.

  • Transformation and Customers – Customer Services; Alston Local Links centre; Communications and the Council’s Websites.

Department of Corporate Services responsibilities

The Director of Corporate Services takes the lead on the governance arrangements for the Council ensuring that the Constitution and Standing Orders are fit for purpose and are adhered to. They are also responsible for leading the Commercial Strategy and the programme of work which supports it. The Director of Corporate Services is the Council’s Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer for national and local elections and has senior management responsibility for the Assistant Director Governance who is the Council’s Monitoring Officer and Assistant Director Finance who is the Council’s Chief Finance Officer (s151).

The department provides a mix of support and front line services and is organised into the following sections:

  • Finance - Internal Audit; Financial Advice and Accountancy; Insurance and Risk Management; Payroll; Purchasing; Treasury Management; Creditors and Sundry Debtors.

  • Governance – Legal advice and support to Members and client departments; Elections; Member Services and Scrutiny.

  • Revenues and Benefits - Council Tax, Business Rates, Housing Benefits and Council Tax Reduction.

  • IT services (part of shared service with South Lakeland District Council).

Department of People and Place responsibilities

The Director of People and Place takes the lead on the development and delivery of the Council’s plans to meet the long-term challenges for Eden, such as delivering more homes, creating higher paid jobs and improving transport infrastructure. They lead the district’s plans for place-shaping and masterplanning and have senior management responsibility for the following sections:

  • Community Services - Food Safety, Health and Safety enforcement; Environmental Protection; Community Wardens; Pest Control; Housing (including grants); Private housing conditions and enforcement; Homelessness; Social Housing services; Housing policy; Disabled Facilities Grants; Health and Well-being and Licensing.

  • Commissioning and Technical Services - Contract Management for refuse collection, street cleaning, grounds maintenance and building cleaning; Emergency Response including flood management; Facilities and Estates Management; Corporate Health and Safety; Sports facilities and the leisure services' contract; Equalities work across the district and Building Control.

  • Planning and Economic Development - Economic Development; Town Centres including the provision of a markets service; Tourism promotion and development; Tourist Information Centre support; management of Penrith Museum and partnership working with a range of private and public sector agencies; Planning Policy (setting the planning policy framework for the district and managing building conservation policy and the local plan); Development Management (dealing with planning applications, approvals and enforcement)l; Planning Services Support (administration support, the Gazetteer function and street naming and numbering) and Land Charges.

Organisational Scale

Permanent posts by department as at 1 January 2021. Please note some temporary line management arrangements are currently in place.
Department Full Time Equivalent Employees
Chief Executive 2.0
Corporate Services 65.7
People and Place 86.93
All departments Total 154.64

Organisational Structure