Sunset view over a lake in the Lake District

New Cumbria council recruitment underway

Recruitment has begun for the positions of Chief Executive at two new councils in Cumbria.

Cumberland Council and Westmorland and Furness Council will come into effect next April and the roles have been described as ‘once-in-a-generation.’

Councillor Mark Fryer, Leader of the Shadow Authority for Cumberland Council said:

“Our focus is the people of Cumberland. We want to create the best set of services for our communities to ensure all our residents will be getting the help and support they need.

The recruitment of a new Chief Executive is an important step forward towards the new Cumberland Council coming into place next April.

The successful candidate, working closely with members, will be at the forefront of leading and creating Cumberland Council – brand new organisation that has been created following the biggest change to local government in Cumbria since 1974.

We are looking for an inspirational leader, brimming with energy who is committed to driving forward positive change for the area, delivering quality services that will make a real difference to people’s lives.”

As of Vesting Day on the 1st of April 2023, the six district councils and Cumbria County Council that currently exist will be replaced by two new ‘unitary’ councils. Cumberland Council will cover the current Allerdale, Carlisle and Copeland council areas, and Westmorland and Furness Council will cover the areas previously served by the Barrow, Eden, and South Lakeland councils. They will take over responsibility for the services that are currently provided by the district councils and the county council. There are also two Shadow Authorities that are overseeing the planning and preparation for the new authorities.

Leader of the Shadow Authority for Westmorland and Furness Council, Councillor Jonathan Brook, said:

“We want to ensure that our customers and our communities are at the heart of everything we do and will design services around our communities’ needs.

While still in our early days, we are already focussing on the organisational culture we want, work has started on developing a new set of values that will be at our very core – values that will include openness, honesty, transparency, and leading by example.

This is a unique, once-in-a-generation opportunity, to shape and lead a brand-new council. An ambitious council that will shape public services for the better, building on the best and transforming public services for the future.”

Adverts for the roles are live at and applicants have until 9am on Monday 4th July 2022 to apply.

Developing an integrated, sustainable transport network for Nottingham

PSE June/July 22

Developing an integrated, sustainable transport network for Nottingham

Our June/July edition of PSE we bring you expert comment and analysis on a range of public sector topics, from digital transformation to health and social care and the workforce. Learn about how important ethics are in public service, or how Brighton and Hove City Council are focusing on travel and transport as we head towards a net zero world as well as so much more…


View all videos
PSE365 Cyber Security

Be A Part Of It!

PSE365: Public Sector Cyber Security Virtual Event | 14 July 2022

PSE has created a full calendar of events to address the most important issues that influence the delivery of public sector services. 

Over 365 days you’ll have the opportunity to hear from a range of highly motivating, informative and inspirational speakers. These speakers will equip you with knowledge and unique insight to enable you to overcome the challenges that you face.

Upcoming Webinar

Webinar: Driving sustainability & value through technology end-of-life

End-of-life is often overlooked yet is equally as important to a digital strategy, but what happens to end-of-life technology? What is the impact on the environment, net zero targets? What is the financial impact, is value for money for the taxpayer simply discarded and destroyed along with the technology?

Join us on 13 September between 2:00pm-2:45pm where we look to address the lifecycle of a digital strategy with a focus on end-of-life using examples, achieving efficiency, increased sustainability and delivering cost savings.

Guest Panellists:

Adam Turner, Head of Government and Public Sector Sustainable ICT and Digital, DEFRA
Ben Levin, Senior Manager, Technology Assesment and Criteria Development, Global Electronics Council
Fredrik Forslund, Vice President, Enterprise & Cloud Erasure Solutions, Blancco
Ben Tongue, Digital Net Zero Lead, NHS England

More articles...

View all