Chief Executive Recruitment
Westmorland and Furness Council
This is a unique, once-in-a-generation opportunity, to shape and lead one of two brand new councils for Cumbria. These will be ambitious councils that will shape public services for the better, build on the best and transform public services for the future.
Cumbria is a Centre of Nuclear Excellence: a world leader in nuclear waste and decommissioning, decarbonising heat, power and transport, and driving clean growth as we head towards Net Zero by 2050. Through the Barrow shipyard we are also at the core of the UK’s defence industries and nuclear deterrent.
Cumbria has significant assets for renewable energy including a large coastline and wide-open spaces which can support the UK’s clean energy agenda and net zero ambitions, for instance through Offshore Wind Leasing.
Cumbria is home to a wealth of natural assets including the Lake District world heritage site, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, parts of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Cumbria Coast Marine Conservation Zone.
These cultural landscapes and their biodiversity supports tourism which brings over 47 million people and £3.1bn to the local and national economy every year.
Cumbria makes a significant contribution to national rural economy with the commitment to innovate and the use of new technologies to support food self-sufficiency and wider national agricultural policy.
Cumbria has good connections and a high quality of life so is well placed to benefit and grow from changes to working practices resulting from COVID-19.