PREPARATIONS for the new Cheshire West and Chester Council have made significant progress with the appointment of four more directors to key positions.
Mike Lewis, currently the project director for customer contact and business change at Warrington Borough Council, has been appointed the director of area and community services overseeing Ellesmere Port and Neston housing, regulatory services, neighbourhood and customer services and Information Communication Technology.
He said: “This role represents a great challenge to bring in the kind of excellent customer services that people will want and to make a real difference to the communities through new neighbourhood areas.
“I’m looking forward to joining the team and playing a part in creating the new authority.”
The other appointments are: Charlie Seward, the present director of development for Chester City Council, is the new director of regeneration and culture.
Ian Whitehead, who is director of adult social care for North Tyneside Council, will take on a similar role as director of adult social care and health services in this region.
Julie Gill, who is currently director of central services at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, has accepted the challenging role of director of resources and will be responsible for finance, legal services, human resources, procurement and facilities and assets management.
Council leader, Tory Cllr Mike Jones, said: “We are putting together a fantastic team which collectively has an impressive record of achievements.
“They will work closely with councillors to deliver top quality services to the people of Cheshire West and Chester on April 1, 2009 and beyond.”
The latest appointments follow the recent selection of Steve Kent, county manager for highways for Cheshire County Council, as director of environment for Cheshire West and Chester Council.