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Council departments

​​​​​​​​​​​​​The various departments of the council are divided into directorates. Each director has responsibilities for overseeing a cluster of areas.

​​Directorates, responsibilities and contact details

View the different council directorates, who leads them, their contact details and their responsibilities below.

Chief Executive Directorate

Chief Executive: Steve Rumbelow
General enquiriesring or email us
Responsibilities: the Chief Executive has overall responsibility for the running of the council and schools. Works closely with councillors and partners from public, private and third sector organisations to achieve improvements across the borough and to deliver quality services.

The Chief Executive's role includes the following:

  • Accountable for the delivery of the council's corporate strategy.
  • Accountable for annual gross expenditure.
  • Promote local democracy.
  • Attract business and jobs.
  • Be responsible for cleaner, greener environments,
  • Promote cohesive communities.
  • Influence national policy for local government.

View full responsibilities and more about the Chief Executive
Contact details for the Chief Executive: chief.executive@rochdale.gov.uk


Adult Services Directorate

Director of Adult Services: Sally McIvor
General enquiries: ring or email us
Responsibilities: the Adult Services directorate is responsible for:

Contact details for the Director of Adult Services: sally.mcivor@rochdale.gov.uk


Children's Services Directorate

Director of Children's Services: Gail Hopper
General enquiries: ring or email us
Responsibilities: the Children Services directorate is responsible for:

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Contact details for the Director of Children's Services: gail.hopper@rochdale.gov.uk   


Economy Directorate

Director of Economy: John Searle
General enquiriesring or email us
Responsibilities: the Economy Directorate is responsible for:

  • Physical regeneration
  • Renewable energy and sustainability
  • Property
  • Jobs, skills and economic growth
  • Building control

Contact details for the Director of Economy: john.searle@rochdale.gov.uk   


Resources Directorate

Director of Resources: Neil Thornton
General enquiriesring or email us
Responsibilities: the Resources Directorate is responsible for:

  • Finance
  • Procurement and STaR client
  • Revenues and benefits
  • Legal
  • Governance
  • Risk
  • Insurance
  • Democratic
  • Human resources
  • Occupational development
  • Payroll
  • Health and safety

View all responsibilities of the Director of Resources.

Contact details for the Director of Resources: neil.thornton@rochdale.gov.uk   


Neighbourhoods Directorate

Director of Neighbourhoods: Mark Widdup
General enquiries: ring or email us
Responsibilities: the Neighbourhoods Directorate is responsible for:

  • Environmental management
  • Facilities management
  • Highways
  • Street lighting client
  • Strategic housing and RBH client
  • Community safety
  • Welfare reform
  • Townships
  • Customers and communities
  • Communications
  • Events
  • Coroner and registrars
  • Information and communications technology (ICT)
  • Business and intelligence

Contact details for the Director of Neighbourhoods: mark.widdup@rochdale.gov.uk


Public Health Directorate

Director of Public Health: Andrea Fallon
General enquiries: ring or email us
Responsibilities: the Public Health Directorate is responsible for:

  • Health protection
  • Health improvement
  • Healthcare and public health
  • Wellbeing commissioning
  • Public protection
  • Link4Life client
  • Voluntary sector

Contact details for the Director of Public Health: andrea.fallon@rochdale.gov.uk

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