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Gateshead Council appoints new Chief Executive

Posted on Friday 25 November 2016
Sheena Ramsey

Sheena Ramsey

Gateshead Council has appointed Sheena Ramsey as its new Chief Executive.

Sheena joins from Worcester City Council where she has been Managing Director since August 2015. Previously she was Chief Executive at Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council for nearly 10 years where she led a number of initiatives; to increase employment, improved Knowsley as a ‘place’, attracting investment in infrastructure and bringing about the transformation of town centres through private investment. She was also Assistant Chief Executive at Newcastle City Council from 1999 – 2005.

Following an extensive nationwide recruitment process she will replace the previous chief executive, Jane Robinson, who left to take up a new position as Chief Operating Officer for Durham University in the summer.

Leader of Gateshead Council, Martin Gannon and a member of the Special Appointments Committee, said: “Sheena brings a vast amount of experience and has a very strong track record of delivery; we’re delighted she’ll be joining us in Gateshead.

“She clearly appreciates the enormous challenge we’re facing in terms of budget cuts and the need for the transformation of our services.

“Her strong open style of leadership stood out in a very impressive field of candidates. I am confident she will help steer the Council through the challenging times ahead whilst focusing on improving the lives of local people in our communities.”

Sheena Ramsey said: “I am thrilled to have been offered the role of Chief Executive of Gateshead Council. This is an exciting role, one which I never thought I would get the chance to take on. I very much look forward to working with councillors, employees and partners to meet our challenges. 

“The next few years will be tough, but I’m confident with Gateshead’s excellent track record for service delivery and innovation, we will realise the vision for Gateshead.  The borough has always had the reputation for being enterprising, forward thinking and ambitious and has used both culture and regeneration to put Gateshead on the map. 

“On a personal level, I’ve always wanted to return to the North East. It’s a dynamic and exciting place to live and has always been close to my heart. This is a homecoming for me and I’m really looking forward to coming back to all the region has to offer.”