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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

The table below gives details of the council's leadership structure, contact details and responsibilities.

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DirectoratePosition and contact detailsResponsibilities
Chief Executive

Chief Executive
Steve Rumbelow
chief.executive@rochdale.gov.uk

Find out about the ​Chief Executive and his responsibilities

Adult Directorate​ Director of Adult Services
Sheila Downey
sheila.downey@rochdale.gov.uk
Adult Social Care

Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Adults Board (RBSAB)
Prevention
Commissioning
Market development
Integrated commissioning
Mental Health Act
Disabled facilities grants/home improvement agency

Children's Directorate

Director of Children's Services
Gail Hopper
gail.hopper@rochdale.gov.uk

Children's Services Directorate responsibilities

Schools​
Children’s social care
Early help and prevention
School improvement/school services

Local safeguarding children’s board (LSCB)
Youth offending team
Emergency duty team (EDT)
Special educational needs/disability
Joint commissioning​

​Economy DirectorateDirector of Economy
John Searle
Physical regeneration​
Renewable energy/sustainability
Property
Jobs/skills/ economic growth
Planning
Building control
Resources DirectorateDirector of Resources
Neil Thornton
neil.thornton@rochdale.gov.uk

Director of Resources and the role of the Chief Finance Officer

Finance
Procurement/STaR client
Revenues and benefits
Legal
Governance
Risk
Insurance
Democratic
Human resources
Occupational development 
Payroll
Health and safety​​
Neighbourhoods Directorate

Director of Neighbourhoods
Mark Widdup
mark.widdup@rochdale.gov.uk

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​​​
Public Health DirectorateDirector of Public Health
Andrea Fallon
andrea.fallon@rochdale.gov.uk
​​​Health protection
Health improvement
​​Healthcare/public health
Wellbeing commissioning
Public protection
Link4Life client
Voluntary sector
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