New chief exec for Cheshire West & Chester

Gerald Meehan, Cheshire West & Chester Council.

Cheshire West & Chester Council is set to name strategic director of children's services Gerald Meehan as its new chief executive.

Meehan will take up the role in July following the departure of current chief executive Steve Robinson, who is stepping down after eight years in charge. The appointment is subject to formal approval by the full council on 19 May.

He has held the role of joint strategic director of children's services with Cheshire West & Chester and Halton councils - the first shared directorship of its kind in England - since 2011.

Council leader Samantha Dixon said: "Gerald has demonstrated his suitability for this important leadership role and I believe his experience makes him an exceptional choice to take the council forward in the next stage of its journey. The authority has a budgeted four-year plan with clear objectives that we want to deliver.

"Gerald brings an excellent set of achievements and some much-needed stability in an ever-changing environment."

Opposition leader Mike Jones said: "I congratulate Gerald on his proposed appointment.  He has demonstrated a very strong track record within the Council, having created a Children’s Service that is one of the best in the country."

Meehan said: "It is a privilege to be recommended chief executive. I will do everything I can to ensure that the council lives up to the high expectations that our residents rightly have of us.

"I will build on the great foundations laid by Steve Robinson, the leadership team and the wider council.

"I intend to further strengthen our joint working with our partners in the public and charitable sector to both improve the quality of the services we deliver and to further reduce costs.

"My priority will be to focus on the outcomes we need to achieve for the people of Cheshire West and Chester."