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Chief Executive

​​​​​​Steve Rumbelow was appointed Chief Executive of Rochdale Borough Council in December 2014.

Steve has overall responsibility for the running of the council and schools. He 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 key responsibilities:

  • Accountable for the delivery of the council's corporate strategy.
  • Accountable for annual gross expenditure of approximately £500 million; net budget of £200 million.
  • Promote local democracy.
  • Attract business and jobs.
  • Develop partnerships and co-operatives.
  • Ensure sound financial management to achieve value for money.
  • Deliver vital services to vulnerable people.
  • Run everything from schools and social work to restaurant inspectors and rat catchers.
  • Be responsible for cleaner, greener environments.
  • Promote cohesive communities.
  • Take a long-term view of the development of the area.
  • Shape the council's culture through effective overall leadership of the senior management team and employees, advising local and national politicians, and working with the Leader, Cabinet and Council Members.
  • Advance the social, cultural, economic and financial interests of the local area.
  • Run regional programmes on collaboration.
  • Influence national policy for local government.
  • Lead responsibility for the council's communications function.
  • Lead Chief Executive within the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) on a number of key strategic projects.  
  • Appointed as Electoral Registration Officer and Returning Officer for Rochdale Borough Council as required under Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act 1983, as amended and appointment of Returning Officer as required under Section 35 of the same Act.
  • Appointed as Head of Paid Service in accordance with Section 4 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989.


Steve Rumbelow Chief Executive
General enquiries: ring or email us
01706 647474 (switchboard)

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm.

Rochdale Borough Council
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU