Executive Recruitment

About the Council

The multi award-winning, modern and stylish council offices and library building - Number One Riverside - has been named the Best Corporate Workplace in the UK. The building is also the location of the NHS Heywood Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)

With a focus on people, passion and pride, you’ll be working in a dynamic and flexible environment. We’ll give you the opportunities to develop your career and make a positive difference to people’s lives.

An innovative organisation, we won the national MJ Achievement Award for Digital Transformation in 2018, reflecting the work we’ve done delivering our services online. Our website is within the top performing 10% of council websites in the UK.

Our pioneering work in children’s social care is nationally recognised with a bespoke continuous personal development programme not seen anywhere else. We’re also leading the way in social work with our innovative ACT (achieving change together) programme.

We work closely with a wide range of partners for the benefit of the borough and its residents, including One Rochdale (health), the Northern Care Alliance, Pennine Care, and the Police, Fire, and Ambulance service.

Add first. Heywood , Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group with whom the Council jointly commissions health and social care services using pooled budgets.

Political Composition

The Council is made up of 60 Councillors. There are 3 Councillors for each of Ward in the Borough. Councillors are normally elected for a period of 4 years. The Council holds a local election every year for three years, with one Councillor per Ward elected each time. The fourth year is used for other types of election, including parliamentary elections.

There are currently 44 Labour, 9 Conservative, 3  Liberal Democrat, 2 Non-Aligned and 1 The Brexit Party.  The Labour Group has control of the council. The council is responsible for appointing the Leader of the Council who is Councillor Allen Brett

Councillors are elected by and are democratically accountable to the residents of their Ward. The overriding duty of Councillors is to the whole community, but they have a special duty to their constituents, including those who did not vote for them. Councillors have to agree to follow a Code of Conduct to ensure high standards in the way they undertake their duties. 

The Audit and Governance Committee and the Monitoring Officer oversees and advises Councillors on the Code of Conduct. All Councillors meet together as the Council and meetings of the Council are normally open to the public. Here Councillors decide the Council’s overall policies and set the budget each year. 

The Council appoints one Councillor to be the Leader of the Council, who appoints other Councillors to serve on the Cabinet. The Cabinet, individual Portfolio Holders, Township Committees and officers together make up the Executive. The Council is responsible for the appointment of Committees.

You can find out more about Councillors and Committees here.