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Council appoints interim Chief Executive

Article date - 03 October 2019

St Helens Council Appointments Committee has agreed the appointment of former Blackburn with Darwen Chief Executive Harry Catherall as interim Chief Executive.
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Harry Catherall will take up the role as of Monday 7 October.

Harry has an exemplary career in local government spanning 40 years and comes to St Helens after recently retiring from his role at Blackburn.

Throughout his career Harry has been instrumental in shaping and influencing Government policy on key public service reform agendas ranging from health integration and educational achievement to cohesion and children’s and adult social care. Through an innovative Growth Board, he secured record levels of private sector capital investment in new infrastructure, housing and town centre development, and has experience of enabling and facilitating change.

The committee also agreed to advertise for a permanent Chief Executive, Assistant Chief Executive, and Strategic Director of Place. Current Place Director Paul Sanderson is retiring later this year, but has agreed to continue to work for the council while it is in a transition period.

The council will also be advertising for other posts including an Assistant Director of Regeneration to help deliver ambitious transformation plans for the borough.

Council Leader David Baines said:

“Appointing a new Chief Executive and other senior officers is an opportunity for us to reassess our priorities and vision for St Helens Borough, to build on the many things the council does well, and to take an honest look with fresh eyes at where we can improve, something we should always strive to do.

“It is important that while we are looking for a new permanent Chief Executive we don't stand still, and so we have today agreed to the appointment of Harry Catherall as Interim Chief Executive. Harry has 40 years’ experience in local government, and an excellent track record which includes the successful delivery of major projects.

“This is an exciting period of change and opportunity for the council, and I look forward to working with Harry in the months to come."

On accepting his new appointment, Interim Chief Executive Harry Catherall said:

“I am proud to be joining St Helens at this time, and look forward to bringing my experience here to help build on the work that has started, working alongside councillors, staff, local communities and partners to make a real difference to local people’s lives.”