Ex-York chief to take helm at Worcestershire

WORCESTERSHIRE County Council has named Steve Stewart as its interim chief executive.

The former chief executive of City of York Council and Northumberland County Council will replace Clare Marchant, who is leaving to join university admissions service UCAS at the end of June.

Stewart, who has spent nearly 40 years in local government, will take up the role from 30 June. He is expected to be in post for between six and nine months while the council works on a permanent appointment.

"My aim is to build on the existing strengths of the council and the work that has been led by our political leadership and by Clare Marchant. I will be looking for Worcestershire County Council to continue to deliver improvements in the quality of services that we provide for our residents," he said.

Council leader Cllr Simon Geraghty added: "I am looking forward to working with Steve. He is an experienced local government chief executive. He will help us to deliver the ambitions that we have set out in our plan for the county, Shaping Worcestershire's Future, and to meet the challenges that we face."