Rose picked for council’s top job

Date: Monday 14th May 2018

EDEN Council’s new full-time chief executive will be Rose Rouse, a corporate director with Worcester City Council.

The announcement was made during a meeting of the full council and it is understood that her start date, as well as interim arrangements ahead of her arrival, are still to be decided.

In January, Robin Hooper, the existing council chief, tendered his resignation after seven years’ service and he is due to step down at the end of the month.

A total of 39 people applied for the role, which carries a salary of between £105,000 and £115,000, and Ms Rouse was selected from a shortlist of six candidates.

She has been a corporate director with Worcester City Council for the past two years and previously held senior positions with councils in Yorkshire and Humberside.

Speaking after the announcement she said she was pleased to have been offered the job. “I am looking forward to working with councillors, employees and partners to take forward the council’s priorities for the district,” she said.

“Eden is in a unique position with the potential to become the economic heart of Cumbria and with its strong and vibrant rural communities and beautiful environment it offers a fantastic quality of life.

“On a personal level, I am happy to be returning to the area, having spent time living and working in the district earlier in my career.”

Council leader Kevin Beaty (Con, Skelton) said: “I am delighted with the quality of candidate the recruitment process attracted — it shows that the Eden area and wider Cumbria is very attractive as a place to live and work.”

John Lynch (Con, Penrith East), chairman of the council’s human resources and appeals committee which oversaw the selection process, said Ms Rouse had been its unanimous choice.