Senior management structure
Senior Leadership Team
The Chief Executive, Director of Corporate Services and the Director of People and Place make up the senior leadership team in Eden.
Rose Rouse was appointed as the Chief Executive in July 2018.
Before joining Eden, Rose was Corporate Director at Worcester City Council, where she led on the corporate transformation programme, with senior management responsibility for customer services, ICT, environmental services, city parking, bereavement services, parks, and leisure. In this role she chaired the South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership, ensuring that a strategic approach was effective in improving outcomes across three local authority areas.
Before this, Rose held a number of senior management positions at Selby District Council, including leading on the Better Together collaboration with the county council, the delivery of town centre regeneration, management of street scene and leisure services, strategic partnerships, and community engagement.
Before moving to Selby, Rose ran her own consultancy business and worked at the regional local government association for Yorkshire and Humber, where she was the policy lead on health and social care and managed the £5.35m improvement programme for the 22 local authorities in the region.
Previous roles include policy work at Harrogate Borough Council and Cumbria Constabulary.
Rose has worked as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language which included a period working in Bursa, Turkey. Rose has been a trustee of a high profile regional voluntary organisation, Involve Yorkshire and Humber, and for four years worked as a volunteer on the North Yorkshire Major Incident Response Team providing humanitarian support to people affected by major incidents.
Director of Corporate Services
Matthew Neal was appointed as Director of Corporate Services in February 2019, having worked at the Council in a different director level role since June 2016.
Before joining Eden, Matthew was Solicitor to the Council at South Lakeland District Council, where he had responsibility for Legal Services at all times and at other times under other structures had responsibility for Scrutiny, Democratic Services, Elections and Licensing. Prior to this,
Matthew worked at Bovis Homes, as a Senior Planning Solicitor, advising on land acquisitions and appeals against refusals of planning permission.
Before joining Bovis Homes, Matthew was Solicitor to the Lake District National Park Authority, advising on planning and rights of way issues and conducting public inquiries into appeals against planning decisions, enforcement notices and rights of way orders.
Earlier in his career, Matthew worked for various Councils as a solicitor dealing with taxi and liquor licensing, procurement, civil and criminal litigation and planning and highway law.
Matthew is a former Vice Chair of the North West Legal Consortium, which is a consortium of local authorities, currently numbering 43 public bodies, which has procured through a competitive process a panel of solicitor firms and barristers' chambers, with a view to saving legal costs for local authorities.
Matthew is also a past Chairman of the Lawyers in Local Government – North West Branch, which is the regional representative body for local government solicitors.
Director of People and Place
Les Clark was appointed as Director of People and Place in September 2019.
Before joining Eden, Les worked for nearly ten years at Sunderland City Council as Head of Streetscene then Chief Operating Officer for Place, where he was responsible for services including planning, property, environment and public protection as well as leading major development projects such as the Northern Spire bridge.
Prior to that Les headed the Sustainability Unit at Newcastle City Council dealing with climate change, energy and waste management.
He spent his early career at Hull City Council initiating their joint waste strategy with the East Riding of Yorkshire and developing regeneration, land reclamation and flood protection schemes with a variety of partners.