Andrew Lewis

CWAC hires new chief executive

Cheshire West & Chester Council has appointed Andrew Lewis, currently managing director for the Tees Valley Combined Authority, as its new chief executive, replacing the retiring Gerald Meehan.

Lewis has worked for the Tees Valley Combined Authority since 2016, where he led on devolution deals, and was also part of the Local Government Association panel which reviewed Cheshire West & Chester Council last year.

He has also worked for the Treasury, where he was a senior economic advisor, and joined the Government Office North East as deputy regional director in 2004. Other roles include director of the Government’s Northern Way programme for three years until 2010; and as assistant chief executive at Newcastle City Council.

Lewis will begin his role at the end of summer, replacing Gerald Meehan who is retiring. Until Lewis takes up his new role, the responsibilities of the chief executive will be split between Charlie Seward and Delyth Curtis, the council’s two deputy chief executives; and Mark Wynn, chief operating officer.

Lewis said: “I am delighted to have been approved by full council to take up this important responsibility.”

“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.”

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