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Rochdale to Appoint New Chief Executive

Press release   •   Oct 15, 2014 12:47 BST

Rochdale Borough Council is appointing Steve Rumbelow as its new Chief Executive.

Following a robust recruitment process, Council will be asked at its meeting tonight (15 October) to approve the recommendation of the Appointment Committee.

Mr Rumbelow, who will take over the helm in Rochdale borough, has been Chief Executive at Burnley Borough Council since July 2006. He was previously a Strategic Director for Manchester City Council, with responsibility for housing strategy and regeneration. He has worked in local government for 30 years.

Councillor Richard Farnell, Leader of Rochdale Council, said: "It is a major coup for Rochdale to secure the appointment of Steve Rumbelow. He is one of the country’s most successful and dynamic chief executives. He has a wealth of experience in other chief executive and leading local government posts in the North West. Rochdale’s priority is bringing new businesses and jobs to the borough and Steve is recognised as one of the most experienced regeneration experts in the region. He has led the transformation of Burnley which was recently named as the Most Enterprising Place in the UK.

“Steve’s talents will help make Rochdale more business friendly and attract new investment and employment to the area. He will be focusing on delivering our major regeneration projects that will help secure greater prosperity and growth for the future.  He will be a great asset to the Council at a time when we have to substantially reduce costs, eliminate waste and drive up service standards. We are really lucky to have landed one of the brightest stars in local government.”

Mr Rumbelow said: “I’m very much looking forward to working in Rochdale. Of course, I’ve been looking hard at the current challenges and issues ahead for the Council and all our partner organisations. But what I’ve really been struck by is the commitment of councillors, officers and people right across the borough to do the best for residents, and develop new opportunities and prospects.

“Rochdale is well known for its pioneering spirit and I am really pleased to have been appointed to this role, and to be able to work alongside so many committed people to take the borough forward over the coming years.”

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