Senior management structure
Senior Leadership Team
The Interim Chief Executive, Interim Director of Corporate Services and the Deputy Chief Executive make up the senior leadership team in Eden.
Interim Chief Executive
Jason Gooding joined Carlisle City Council as an Executive Director in 2003 and became Deputy Chief Executive in November 2005. He was appointed as the City Council’s Town Clerk and Chief Executive in 2011.
He is also currently Eden District Council’s Interim Chief Executive.
Jason graduated from Sussex University with a degree in Biochemistry in 1991. He gained a PhD at Sussex before joining University College London as a research fellow at the Department of Biochemistry in 1995 as a member of a team researching fat metabolism and heart disease.
In 1999 Jason joined the Metropolitan Police as a Scientific Officer working on the statistical analysis of performance data and researching the impact of stop and search. In 1999 Jason joined Cumbria Constabulary to head the Management Information Unit, he subsequently became Director of Corporate Services in 2000 - leaving to join the City Council in 2003.
Interim Director of Corporate Services
Paul Sutton is our Interim Director of Corporate Services.
Deputy Chief Executive
Les Clark was appointed as Director of People and Place in September 2019. This post was subsequently changed to Deputy Chief Executive in December 2020.
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.