Damien Wilson is new Strategic Director of Regeneration & EnvironmentPublished Thursday, 4th February 2016
Rotherham Council has appointed its new Strategic Director of Regeneration & Environment, the fourth appointment of the authority’s new permanent senior leadership team in 2016.
The recruitment of Damien Wilson was made by the Council’s Commissioners and new Chief Executive supported by an all-party panel of councillors, and means that the Council has only one permanent senior appointment left outstanding.
In addition to taking responsibility for regeneration and environment, Damien’s remit will cover planning, transport, culture, leisure, heritage, sport, tourism and community safety.
Damien will also take a lead on the Council’s Economic Development Strategy, with its vision to create 10,000 new jobs in Rotherham, as well as being the Council’s voice in Sheffield City Region.
Damien has been Assistant Director of Regeneration at Hartlepool Council since 2010, and has wide local authority experience, having previously worked at Gosport, Dumfries & Galloway, Bath & North East Somerset, Kennet, North Tyneside and Gateshead councils.
Speaking of his appointment, Damien said he was ‘thrilled’ to be joining Rotherham Council.
He added: “As someone who has worked for seven local authorities across the UK, in some of the most complex and challenging environments, I’m looking forward to bringing my experience, together with a passionate and dynamic approach, to deliver good quality services for the people of Rotherham.
“Having successfully run my own businesses for a number of years and working in local authority for 25 years, I know that it takes creative solutions to benefit the local community. Looking after the local economy and empowering residents will be my priorities, and I very much welcome the opportunity to contribute personally to the Council’s ambitious vision to deliver in these areas.”
Damien is expected to be in post in April.