Del Curtis, CWAC, P CWAC

Delyth Curtis joined Cheshire West and Chester Council in 2017. Credit: via CWAC

CWAC to appoint chief executive

Delyth Curtis is set to take over the leadership position on a permanent basis, replacing Andrew Lewis who has taken on the same role at Liverpool City Council.

Chester West and Chester Council’s staffing committee will be recommending that Curtis is appointed as the authority’s chief executive at its full council meeting on 13 July.

Currently acting as interim chief executive, Curtis joined CWAC as deputy chief executive of health and wellbeing in 2017 and has also acted as NHS director of place for the local authority.

Previous positions also include director of social care and deputy chief executive of Blackpool Council, as well as NHS management positions across performance, commissioning, and service transformation with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals and Fylde and Blackpool Primary Care Trusts.

Taking on the role of chief executive of CWAC will see Curtis supporting the borough’s future, the wellbeing of residents, and the engagement of colleagues.

Curtis said: “It is an honour to have the opportunity to lead our talented and dedicated workforce, as well as working closely with our partners, to build on the great work already being done across the borough and the wider region.

“I am passionate about the positive difference that can be achieved when public services work together with their residents and partners”, she continued. “Whilst there will be challenges, there are some great opportunities for our borough, and I am really excited about our future.”

Cllr Louise Gittins, Leader of CWAC, added: “Del clearly demonstrated her dedication and skills as a strategic leader during our rigorous recruitment process.

“With her passion for public service and deep commitment to improving opportunities for our residents, Del is ideally placed to take the council forward as we continue to build a borough where everyone can thrive.”

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