Barry Rowland

Barry Alan Rowland (born August 1961) is a British administrator and the current Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands.[1] He previously served as Executive Director for Northumberland County Council and Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council.[1]

Barry Rowland
Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands
In office
3 October 2016  April 2021
GovernorColin Roberts
Nigel Phillips
Preceded byKeith Padgett
Succeeded byAndy Keeling
Personal details
BornAugust 1961 (age 59)
Durham, United Kingdom
Political partyNonpartisan
Alma materDurham University

Early life and career

Rowland was raised in Durham and gained an MBA from Durham University.[2] He spent most of his career at Newcastle City Council; starting in 1979 as a management trainee, he stayed at the Council for over 30 years eventually becoming Chief Executive in 2009.[3] Rowland entered the news in 2011 after he was caught speeding by a camera put up by his own authority.[4]

In 2012 he left Newcastle City Council by mutual agreement, receiving £215,331 in compensation,[1] after a public falling out with Council Leader Nick Forbes.[5] He went on to serve as Executive Director for Northumberland County Council until August 2015 when he stepped down to "pursue fresh challenges".[6] In May 2016 it was announced that Rowland had been appointed Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands, taking office in October 2016.[7]

In May 2017 Rowland was appointed acting Governor of the Falkands following the "unexpected and unavoidable absence" from the Islands of both Governor Colin Roberts and the Deputy Governor.[8]


  1. "Falkland's set to appoint Barry Rowland as new Chief Executive". MercoPress. 2 June 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  2. Bruce, Vicki. "Barry Alan Rowland" (PDF). Newcastle University. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 October 2015. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  3. Regan, Danielle (22 August 2012). "Newcastle City Council's chief executive, Barry Rowland, steps down". Local Government Executive. Archived from the original on 15 September 2016. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  4. "Newcastle council boss Barry Rowland caught speeding". BBC News. 21 October 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  5. Warburton, Dan (23 August 2012). "Shock at Barry Rowland's departure from Newcastle City Council". The Journal. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  6. Daniel, Brian (12 August 2015). "Barry Rowland leaves post at Northumberland County Council". Chronicle Live. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  7. "Falklands' new Chief Executive has 30 years experience in England's public sector". MercoPress. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 20 October 2016.
  8. "Falklands' CEO Barry Rowland named Acting Governor". MercoPress. 7 May 2017. Retrieved 8 May 2017.
Political offices
Preceded by
Keith Padgett
Chief Executive of the Falkland Islands