Name: David Blake
Telephone: 01905 722200
David became Managing Director of Worcester City Council in March 2017. With 15 years' experience working all over the world in the manufacturing sector and almost 20 years in the public sector working in chief executive, executive and non-executive director roles prior to joining Worcester City Council, David brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the organisation.
David has worked on some of the largest and most successful multi-agency infrastructure, innovation, business support and skills programmes in the West Midlands. These include the i54 business park (home of the Jaguar Land Rover near Wolverhampton), the automotive research and development centre developed by Warwick Manufacturing Group, the West Midlands-wide £30m Modernisation and Diversification programme, and new college campuses in Walsall and Sandwell.
As a non-executive director of Urban Regeneration Companies in Walsall and Sandwell, David played a key role in these businesses during their formative years and has a strong track record of award-winning success in public sector organisational development.
Overall responsibility for managing the Authority, including organisational development, development of shared culture and values, oversight of corporate and service standards, advice on strategic direction with Members, and representing the City Council with partners at sub regional, regional and national level.
Corporate Director, Finance & Resources
Name: Shane Flynn
Telephone: 01905 722536
Shane qualified with CIPFA as an Audit Commission trainee, working across several London Boroughs and teaching hospitals. He moved into Value for Money studies based in London and the South East and later Wales and the Marches, including Shropshire, Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester.
Joining CIPFA in 2000, Shane ran a series of workshop-based support networks covering e-Government, Every Child Matters and Counter-Fraud, before re-joining the Audit Commission to deliver Use of Resources and Performance Management audits across Oxfordshire, Bucks and Milton Keynes.
He moved to Dacorum Borough Council as Assistant Director of Finance in 2010, then undertook a two-year secondment as Assistant Director of Policy and Performance to oversee the transition to a new location and an internal transformation programme based on flexible working. In 2014 he combined both roles by moving to Broxtowe Borough Council in Nottingham as Deputy Chief Executive, before moving back across the Midlands to join Worcester in 2017.
Overall responsibility for a range of professional support services including Finance Services, Internal Audit, Legal Services, Strategy & Transformation, Human Resources, Property, Asset Management, and Revenues & Benefits. Also responsible for providing strategic and financial advice to members, representing the City Council with partners at sub regional and regional level, and delivering the Council's values and objectives through the Corporate Management Team.
Corporate Director, Commissioning and Delivery
Name: Rose Rouse
Telephone: 01905 722371
Rose started her public sector career in the police service working as a researcher. She joined Harrogate Borough Council in 1999 as Corporate Policy Officer and then Performance and Policy Manager, leading on the corporate arrangements for Best Value, performance management and community engagement.
In 2005 she became Yorkshire and Humber Local Government Improvement Manager before being promoted to Head of Service with responsibility for the commissioning and delivery of the £5.35m Regional Capacity Building Programme at Local Government Yorkshire & Humber. In this role she was the regional lead on health and social care, waste management and leisure and culture policy.
After working in her own consultancy business, Rose moved to Selby District Council in 2009 where she worked in Head of Service and Director roles with responsibility for environmental and leisure services, commissioning, strategic partnerships, policy, corporate performance, customers and communities.
Lead director for the council’s community and operational services as well as commissioning and contract management. Also responsible for leading on transformation and performance improvement across the Council, the programme management office and arrangements for customers. Chair of the South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership, spanning the districts of Worcester City, Malvern Hills and Wychavon.
Corporate Director, Place
Name: Andrew Round
Telephone: 01905 72 524
Andrew started his career in local government in economic development before moving into consultancy, firstly with the economics and policy consultancy ECOTEC and then at the property consultancy GVA Grimley (now GVA). He worked for public and private sector clients across planning, regeneration and development, bringing large projects and sites through the planning system.
After 14 years in the private sector and having risen to being a Partner at GVA, Andrew returned to local government at Birmingham City Council, becoming Assistant Director for Planning and Development. He worked on major regeneration projects such as the redevelopment of New Street Station and the development of Paradise Circus. Andrew led on the creation of the City Centre Enterprise Zone (the largest in the UK) and the development of Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) across the city centre.
Andrew’s most recent role in local government before joining Worcester was at Cheshire East, managing property, regeneration and strategic housing. He also led on the development of the HS2 Growth Strategy for the sub-region and the associated economic, spatial and financial work that supported it.
Overall responsibility for delivering improvements to Worcester in physical and economic terms, leading on City Plan objectives to increase business growth and the numbers of high-skilled jobs in the city, and to continue to enhance our city centre and riverside. Responsible for implementing the South Worcestershire Development Plan and other planning policy matters, and for supporting the local economy. Leads efforts to improve the city’s sports, leisure and retail offers, and to capitalise on Worcester’s history and heritage.