Joe Manning has been appointed as chief executive of the promotional agency and deputy chief executive of the Cheshire and Warrington LEP, taking the reins for both roles from interim chief executive Andy Farrell.
The senior civil servant joins Marketing Cheshire and the LEP from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, where he spent nine months as deputy director.
Manning previously spent four years with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, first as head of the private sector growth at the Cities and Local Growth unit, and then as deputy director of the same unit.
Angie Robinson, chair of Marketing Cheshire, said: “Joe takes the helm in challenging times, however, his experience and Government connections will be crucial in driving forward our region’s recovery from the Covid-19 crisis.
“We look forward to working with Joe on a strategy to welcome visitors and businesses back once it is safe do so.”
Manning added: “It’s a crucial time for local economies. I know I will be joining a highly experienced and driven team who are all already focused on the success of Cheshire and Warrington.”
Joe takes over from interim chief executive Andy Farrell, who took on the role following Mark Livesey’s departure to take up a position within the national LEP Network.
Manning plans to move to the region as soon as the current lockdown restriction are lifted.