Stockport Council Pictured Paul Richards

Paul Richards has played a pivotal role in the transformation of Stockport in recent years. Credit: Stockport Council

Richards becomes deputy chief exec at Stockport 

Paul Richards will remain as the authority’s regeneration lead and step down as chief executive of Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation.

Richards, who joined Stockport Council in 2017, has been appointed deputy to newly-appointed chief executive Michael Cullen.

Former deputy Cullen became head of paid service in June following Caroline Simpson’s appointment as CEO at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and TfGM.

Richards will vacate his role as chief executive at Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation, a position he has held since the organisation was established in 2019.

He will continue as a strategic advisor to the MDC. Recruitment for Richards’ replacement will commence imminently, according to the council.

Cllr Mark Hunter, Leader of Stockport Council, said: “We’re delighted that Paul is stepping up to Deputy Chief Executive following many years of playing a pivotal role in the regeneration of Stockport.

“His efforts have significantly contributed to the transformation of the area, promoting economic growth, and improving the quality of life for our residents and businesses and we expect this to continue even further with Paul in place as deputy chief executive.”

During his time at the council and MDC, Richards has overseen the regeneration of Stockport town centre, playing a pivotal role in unlocking several major projects including Weir Mill, Stockport Interchange, and Stockport 8.

Richards said he was “honoured” to make the step up.

“We have seen Stockport change beyond recognition over the past 10 years and I’m truly excited to build upon our work with partners to continue creating even more opportunities for those that need it most in the years to come.”  

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In my opinion the best council officer in the north west. Gets things done. Ex private sector so a credit to the local authority.

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