Sefton names chief executive

Dwayne Johnson will take the reins at the council from Margaret Carney, who retires at the end of next month.

Johnson, who is currently director of social care and health at Sefton in a role he has held since 2014, will replace Carney when she retires on 31 May after 10 years at the helm.

A qualified social worker, Johnson has previously worked for Halton Council as a strategic director covering social care, housing, waste, libraries, and community safety, before joining Sefton Council around five years ago.

His appointment as chief executive was approved at a full council meeting last night.

Johnson said: “I’m very proud and honoured to be appointed to the position of Chief Executive in Sefton. Having worked here for the last five years, I can see how much Sefton has to offer in supporting existing and attracting new businesses into our area, how engaged our communities are in what we are trying to deliver, and we have such a talented workforce to match.

“I am really looking forward to working with the leader and elected members on delivering the vision of this wonderful borough and so looking forward to starting the role in June.”

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I can smell what he’s cooking!

By Deja


By Dwayne

Focus much more on regeneration Mr. Johnson! Sefton is becoming the neglected borough, being left behind by places all around the North West. Move the Borough on from this outdated Bootle/Southport enmity and focus on the imaginative regeneration of BOTH towns.
Not forgetting Waterloo/Crosby in the middle which has enormous potential to create more wealth. I live in Hightown by the way and am happy to see effort go where it is most needed.

By Roscoe.

Here to lay the smackdown on the candy asses in Sefton!

By The Peoples Champ

I wonder what the people of Sefton think about this……..


By The Rock

I doubt your anyone’s champ, and you can’t even form a sentence.

By Roscoe.

this is a Rock solid appointment

By taxpayersdosh

A good shout by @Roscoe, Mr Johnson. Setting aside the fact that Sefton looks like it was designed by a committee late on a Friday evening, it’s got huge potential for wealth creation.

Southport, Crosby/Waterloo and Boot Hill offer three very obvious growth poles – notably around Oriel Rd station where there’s tonnes of scope for a hotel cluster now that sites in Liverpool city centre are rarer than hens’ teeth. Just three stops on the metro and you’re in town: most urban visitors would see that as both acceptable and normal…

By Sceptical

Liverpool was the Northwest’s premier bathing resort in the early c17. Then it moved to Bootle and gradually up the coast to Southport. Now that Liverpool is regenerating fast as 21st century cultural city surely it’s Bootle’s turn again. Agree with @Sceptical, there’s huge scope around the Town Hall and canal. Get this started! And get Southport moving into the 21st century too: more people in the centre of Bootle and Southport and more facilities for locals and visitors in Bootle; and yes, hotels!
AND, not forgetting Waterloo… The area around the South Road interchange… this could become a focal point for visitors to the Iron Men (Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’). And the marine terraces could easily become an outpost of Liverpool City Centre (lots of historic connections) with good metro access. Lark Lane in the south end is beginning to draw them in. Waterloo could do much more…. and Bootle!

By Roscoe.

FINALLY The Rock has come back to…. Sefton.

By Rocky Maivia

Tough job. Sefton is the borough that nobody wants. Too much of a mess for Liverpool, too down-at-heel for West Lancs. His background seems solid enough, I wish him well.

By John Smith

His background seems lacking to me. We need regeneration. I hope he will prove me wrong!

By Roscoe

I’m sure this will raise a few peoples eyebrows!

By Curly

He didn’t need to wrestle with his conscience before accepting the role.

I’ll get my coat…


How much is his salary again?

By Anonymous

More blah blah blah. Call me cynical!

By Heard all before.....

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