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Pat Ritchie Chief Executive, Newcastle City Council

Pat Ritchie

Chief Executive
Newcastle City Council

Pat Ritchie joined Newcastle City Council as its first female Chief Executive in January 2013. Since then, Pat has delivered a programme of transformational change within the organisation as well as working with local and regional partners to drive reform across public services in the city.  Alongside this, Pat and her team have worked with partners across all sectors to create the conditions for sustained economic growth, cementing Newcastle’s position as a key part of the Northern Powerhouse. Pat continues to play a role nationally on transformation and service reform, recently co-chairing the independent Service Transformation Challenge Panel. The Panel made its final report in November 2014 and, its recommendations continue to influence Government thinking on public service reform. More recently, Pat has played a leading role, alongside Leaders and Chief Executives, in the creation of a Combined Authority and the development of innovative devolution proposals for the North East. Pat is the lead Chief Executive for Transport in the North East Combined Authority. Pat is former head of the Homes and Community Agency (HCA), where she led 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. Before taking up her role with the HCA, Pat was Assistant Chief Executive (Strategy) at One North East, where 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.

Pat Ritchie will be speaking at:

Closing Keynote

- 12:10 - 12:30

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