City council appoints top class Assistant Chief Executive

After a two day assessment centre Stoke-on-Trent City Council is pleased to announce the successful appointment of Charlie Stewart to the post of Assistant Chief Executive.

Charlie Stewart is currently the Strategic Director of Resources at Brighton & Hove City Council where he is a member of the Strategic Leadership Board directing all support services (Policy, Partnerships, Performance, ICT, HR and OD, Communications, Property, Legal and Democratic Services, Emergency Management) and City Services (Revenues and Benefits, Register Office and Bereavement Service. He is also responsible for partnership development and championing shared services across Brighton & Hove City.

Councillor Martin Garner, Chair of the HR Committee explained, “Five excellent candidates were interviewed for the position of Assistant Chief Executive over a two-day period of assessments last week. The process was hard and the competition very close with candidates being interviewed by a young people’s panel, external stakeholders including fire service and health service representatives, and interviews with elected members. The HR Committee was unanimous in its decision to offer the job to Charlie with cross party support from both Labour and City Independent Councillors.

“These are exciting times for the city council and I am certain in appointing Charlie that we have someone who is highly qualified and abundantly experienced to perform well in this post and help to deliver our Mandate for Change by ensuring we are a confident and effective council fit for purpose.”

Charlie Stewart added, “I am delighted to be joining the council at such an exciting time in the city’s development. I look forward to working with local people to help achieve Stoke-on-Trent’s great potential.

Previously Charlie worked at West Sussex County Council in both frontline and support roles. He started his career in the Royal Air Force at RAF Stafford (he says “it feels like coming home”). He then worked for 3 global businesses; a global IT and software supplier, as a Director for company supplying medical equipment to the NHS and as a consultant working with business and government. Charlie also holds an MBA from Cranfield University and graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Biology from King’s College London.

It is expected Charlie Stewart will take up the post in a few months’ time, a date is yet to be confirmed.

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