Chief executive, Newcastle City Council
Pat Ritchie joined Newcastle City Council as its first female chief executive in January 2013. Pat has set out an essential programme of transformational change, starting with a comprehensive senior management review. She is leading transformation based around the council’s strong political priorities and vision, focussing on delivering economic growth through the City Deal at a time when it is needed more than ever. Pat recently co-chaired the Service Transformation Challenge Panel with Derek Myers (former chief executive of London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea). This independent Challenge Panel was announced in April 2014 by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government to provide further support and challenge and make a set of recommendations on what needs to happen locally and nationally to increase the pace of integration between local public services. Prior to joining Newcastle City Council Pat was the chief executive of the Government’s Homes and Community Agency (HCA) from 2010. She led the delivery of the Affordable Homes Programme, decent homes, and locally led economic development including the publication of the HCA’s first development and land disposal strategy. Pat has extensive experience in economic development and regeneration. As Assistant chief executive (Strategy) at One North East, she led on the Regional Economic Strategy and its action plan, as well as leading development of the Objective 2 programme for the North East. Prior to this, she was deputy chief executive of The Wise Group, a prominent employment and training company in Scotland and the North of England.