THE new council which will run Ellesmere Port & Neston from next April has chosen its first chief executive.
Shadow authority members of Cheshire West & Chester Council have appointed Stephen Robinson, the current chief executive of Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
The appointment is expected to be officially approved at a forthcoming full council meeting.
Cheshire West & Chester Council will come into being in 10 months time after Cheshire’s seven district councils and the county council are scrapped.
Speaking after his appointment, Mr Robinson said: “I am absolutely delighted. This is a unique opportunity in the lifetime of anyone's career, and I look forward to building on the good work that has already been achieved by previous councils.”
Mr Robinson started his career as a trainee environmental health officer at Coventry City Council, later working at Sandwell Council and Wolverhampton Council where, for 10 years, he was the principal housing officer responsible for housing regeneration.
In 1996, he became assistant director of housing at Liverpool City Council before becoming chief executive of two housing associations.