GMCA chief executive appointed

Stockport’s chief executive Eamonn Boylan is set to become the first full time boss of Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

The Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s Resources Committee will recommend his appointment to the full Greater Manchester Combined Authority on Friday 27 January.

Subject to approval, Boylan will become the first full time chief executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, succeeding Sir Howard Bernstein, who combined the role with his role as Manchester City Council’s chief executive.

Boylan joined Manchester City Council in 1999 and rose to become deputy chief executive before becoming deputy chief executive of the Housing and Communities Agency. Boylan is currently chief executive of Stockport MBC.

Greater Manchester Mayor Tony Lloyd said: “Eamonn is an outstanding strategist and innovator. His passion for Greater Manchester and determination to make a success of devolution shone through during the interview process.

“This is a pivotal moment for our city-region as we lead the way with devolution and approach the Mayoral election. 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 added: “Greater Manchester is a fantastic place and I’ve been privileged to work here for most of my career. To now take on the role of Greater Manchester Combined Authority 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 Greater Manchester benefits from our shared success.”