New Westmorland and Furness Council Chief Executive confirmed

Sam Plum has been confirmed as the new Council Chief Executive for Westmorland and Furness Council. Currently, the Chief Executive at Barrow Borough Council, she is due to start in this new role on the 31st December this year.

This appointment follows an extensive recruitment process, with a senior appointments committee recommending Sam as the preferred choice and this then being confirmed at a Westmorland and Furness council meeting at the end of July.

With 25 years of local government experience, and having worked for authorities including Rossendale Borough Council, Pendle Borough Council and Bradford City Council, before spending the last seven years at senior corporate leadership level, including the last three as Chief Executive, Sam has a very strong record in strategic planning and community.

In most recent years she’s driven a major transformational journey for Barrow Borough and its residents, which included securing a £50m investment to deliver a range of innovative programmes across the area.

Alongside this, as one of three senior responsible officers on the overall programme, she has played a leading role in the Local Government Reorganisation planning for Cumbria, which will see the biggest change to Cumbria’s council structures since 1974, with two new ‘unitary’ councils being formed to replace the existing set-up of six district councils and Cumbria County Council.

Sam will lead the new Westmorland and Furness Council, which is the new unitary authority for the geographical area currently covered by Barrow Borough, Eden District and South Lakeland District Council boundaries.

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