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Met chief lands top Greater Manchester job

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Stockport MBC’s chief executive Eamonn Boylan is set to become the first full-time chief executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

Ahead of the inaugural mayoral election due to take place on 4 May, Mr Boylan has been recommended for the role by the combined authority’s resources committee.

If approved on January 27 Mr Boylan will succeed Sir Howard Bernstein who has been the combined authority’s head of paid service to date, combining the role with chief executive of Manchester City Council. Sir Howard is due to retire and will be replaced on the city council by Wakefield MBC’s chief executive Joanne Roney.

Eamonn Boylan

Eamonn Boylan

Source: Picture supplied by Stockport Express

Eamonn Boylan

Mr Boylan said: “Greater Manchester is a fantastic place and I’ve been privileged to work here for most of my career. To now take on the role of GMCA Chief Executive at this pivotal moment for our city-region is a great honour.

“I understand the ambition and optimism of Greater Manchester and look forward to working with the mayor and leaders to ensure everyone in [Greater Manchester] benefits from our shared success.”

Mr Boylan began his career in the housing sector, rising to assistant director with Manchester Housing in 1995.

He then became executive director of housing and operational services with Sheffield City Council in 1997.

He joined Manchester City Council in 1999 and rose to become deputy chief executive, leaving in 2008 to join the Housing and Communities Agency as deputy chief executive.

He has been Stockport’s chief executive since 2010. As part of his current role he leads on housing, planning and investment within Greater Manchester.

Mr Boylan is set to earn between £170,000 and £180,000 in his new role.

Interim mayor Tony Lloyd (Lab) said Mr Boylan was an “outstanding strategist and innovator”. He added: “His passion for Greater Manchester and determination to make a success of devolution shone through during the interview process.

“This is a pivotal moment for our city-region as we lead the way with devolution and approach the mayoral election.”


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