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.
The Chief Executive is Head of Paid Service and has responsibility for overall management of the Council, its vision and strategy.
Rose Rouse became Chief Executive in July 2018.
Prior to 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.
Prior to 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
The Director of Corporate Services leads on the governance arrangements for the Council. 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. He ensures that we adhere to the Constitution and Standing Orders and that both are fit for purpose. He is responsible for leading the Commercial Strategy and the programme of work which supports it. He is also the Council’s Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer for national and local elections.
He has senior management responsibility for the Assistant Director Finance who is the Council’s Chief Finance Officer, as well as the Assistant Director Governance who is also the Council’s Monitoring Officer. He also has responsibility for Revenues and Benefits.
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 he worked for various Councils as a solicitor dealing with taxi and liquor licensing, procurement, civil and criminal litigation and planning and highway law.
He 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. He 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
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 master planning and have senior management responsibilities.
This post is currently vacant.