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GMCA appoints new chief executive

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) has announced that Eamonn Boylan will be recommended as its new chief executive.

The GMCA has confirmed that its Resources Committee will recommend Boylan’s appointment to the full combined authority this Friday (27 January 2017).

Subject to the GMCA's approval, Boylan will become the combined authority’s first full-time CEO after his predecessor, Sir Howard Bernstein, combined the role of GMCA head of paid service with his role as chief executive of Manchester City Council.

Interim mayor of Greater Manchester, Tony Lloyd, called Boylan “an outstanding strategist and innovator”, saying that his “passion for Greater Manchester and determination to make a success of devolution” was evident throughout the interview process.

“This is a pivotal moment for our city-region as we lead the way with devolution and approach the Mayoral election,” Lloyd said. “Greater Manchester now has the powers to grow our economy and ensure all of our citizens share in that prosperity.

“I have no doubt that with Eamonn’s skills and drive we will deliver our strategy for Greater Manchester and move us closer to becoming one of the world’s best city-regions.”

Boylan began his career in the housing sector, becoming Sheffield City Council’s executive director of housing and operation services in 1997. He joined Manchester City Council in 1999 and became the council’s deputy chief executive before leaving in 2008 to fulfil the same role for the Housing and Communities Agency.

Since 2010 Boylan has served as chief executive of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council, also leading on housing, planning and investment within the Greater Manchester region.

“Greater Manchester is a fantastic place and I’ve been privileged to work here for most of my career,” Boylan said. “To now take on the role of GMCA chief executive at this pivotal moment for our city-region is a great honour.

“I understand the ambition and optimism of Greater Manchester and look forward to working with the mayor and leaders to ensure everyone in GM benefits from our shared success.”

Boylan is expected to commence as GMCA’s chief executive starting from spring of this year subject to the GMCA's approval.

(Image c. Joe Mott)

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