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Combined authority managing director joins unitary as chief

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The managing director of the Tees Valley CA has been appointed chief executive of Cheshire West & Chester Council.

The appointment of Andrew Lewis was approved at a meeting of full council yesterday.

Mr Lewis, who is a former senior Treasury advisor and deputy chief executive at Newcastle City Council, replaces Gerald Meehan, who is retiring.

Mr Lewis said he is “delighted” to be joining Cheshire West & Chester.

“I am looking forward to serving the people of Cheshire West and Chester and working with a talented and dedicated workforce to deliver the best outcomes and opportunities for our residents,” he said.

Mr Lewis said his role at Tees Valley CA had been “the greatest privilege of my career”.

The CA has today appointed Julie Gilhespie as interim managing director following the announcement of Mr Lewis’s departure. She has been director of finance for both the CA and the South Tees Development Corporation since August.

In his early career, Mr Lewis worked as a senior economic advisor at the Treasury, working on employment, tax and international policy. He left the Treasury in 2004 to join the Government Office North East as deputy regional director and he worked on economic policy across the north of England as director of the Northern Way for three years until 2010.

He then joined Newcastle City Council as assistant chief executive and was responsible for a range of services, including economic development, policy, communications and performance, regulatory and community services and democratic services and elections.

Mr Lewis joined the Tees Valley CA in 2016.

Until he takes up his new role, Charlie Seward and Delyth Curtis, Cheshire West & Chester’s two deputy chief executives, and chief operating officer Mark Wynn will continue to manage the responsibilities of the chief executive between them. Mr Seward leads on the statutory functions of the chief executive including head of paid service on an interim basis.

 

 

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