Pam Smith named as new Burnley Borough Council chief

Pam Smith, the new chief executive of Burnley Borough Council
Pam Smith, the new chief executive of Burnley Borough Council

Burnley Borough Council has appointed its new chief executive.

Pam Smith, who is currently chief operating officer and board member at AdviserPlus Business Solutions, was confirmed at a special meeting of the full council on Monday.

The 50-year-old will take over from the previous chief executive Steve Rumbelow who left Burnley in December to become chief executive of Rochdale Metropolitan Council.

Married with a young daughter, she has pledged to continue working with businesses, through the Burnley bondholder scheme, to boost the local economy and create jobs.

She said: “I’m very much looking forward to forging new working relationships with councillors, and with colleagues, as we work together to take Burnley Council through perhaps the most challenging times the organisation has ever seen.

“Burnley, as a town, has made massive progress in regenerating and rejuvenating itself in recent years. Working with business and community leaders, it’s my job to ensure that we continue to drive forward with ambitious plans to transform Burnley to make it an even more attractive place to work, live and visit.”

Mrs Smith has worked at AdviserPlus Business Solutions, a human resources provider, for the last two years.

She has previously worked at Rochdale Council as an executive director in corporate services (regeneration and customer services), and also worked at the Audit Commission.

Council leader Coun. Mark Townsend said: “Pam is an excellent candidate who stood out among a very good shortlist of national candidates.

“She will continue the excellent work that Steve accomplished over his time with us. I know that Pam is looking forward to working with councillors and her colleagues to develop and implement our clear vision of the direction our borough, and the council, should be taking in coming years.”