Camden Council to appoint Jenny Rowlands as its new chief executive
Exclusive: Town Hall promotes from within
08 January, 2019 — By Richard Osley
CAMDEN Council has chosen Jenny Rowlands to be its new chief executive.
She will take on the role, which can command a salary of close to £200,000 a year, in March after current chief officer Mike Cooke’s decision to retire. The Town Hall embarked on a six month recruitment process after he announced his plans, before settling on promoting a member of its own senior officers.
Ms Rowlands, a former chief executive in Lewes, Sussex, arrived at the council in 2016. Technically, the appointment still needs to be ratified by councillors later his month but this process is a formality. Three candidates on the final shortlist had an open evening with councillors just before Christmas.
In an email circulated today, council leader Councillor Georgia Gould said: “We are very fortunate to be able to appoint someone of Jenny’s calibre. She has extensive experience of leading and inspiring staff, of transforming services and of involving communities in our work. This stood out clearly during the recruitment process and will be key to us delivering Camden’s priorities through Our Camden Plan.”
Martin Pratt is set to become her deputy.