Council Leader David Baines and new Interim Chief Executive Harry Catherall
Council Leader David Baines and new Interim Chief Executive Harry Catherall

A message from St Helens Council Leader, Labour’s David Baines:

Following the recent departure of former Chief Executive Mike Palin, I’m delighted that today the Appointments Committee of the Council has agreed to the appointment of former Blackburn with Darwen Chief Executive Harry Catherall as Interim Chief Executive.

The Committee also agreed to go out to advert 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 we are in this 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.

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 currently does well, and to take an honest, fresh look at where we can improve.

It is important that while we are looking for a new permanent Chief Executive we don’t stand still, and so I’m delighted with 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 and in due course appointing new members of our leadership team to drive up standards in the Council and help to improve the lives of residents.

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