David Blake has been appointed as the new Managing Director of Worcester City Council, following a vote at last night’s full Council meeting.
David had been the Council’s Corporate Director, Place, with responsibility for planning policy, economic development, housing and development management. Following the departure of former MD Sheena Ramsey last month, he had also been the acting Head of Paid Service.
Council Leader Councillor Adrian Gregson, who chaired the selection panel, said: “David has shown a great commitment to working tirelessly for the good of Worcester. All the panel agreed David is the best person to take this Council forward on its journey to excellence and to deliver our ambitious City Plan.”
The panel’s vice-chair, Councillor Marc Bayliss, said: “David shone out from a very strong field of candidates for this important job. I know he is focussed on delivering a strong future for Worcester and on leading the Council with vision and integrity, and will be a first rate Managing Director.”
David Blake said: “It is an honour to be named as the new Managing Director. Worcester is a city on the up, with a growing tourism and heritage offer and many great businesses choosing to make their home here. I am committed to helping create a bright future for the city and to transforming the Council to deliver an excellent service for all our residents.”
David joined Worcester City Council in 2014, having previously held a range of senior roles at Advantage West Midlands for over a decade. There he worked on economic regeneration initiatives across the region and managed a budget of £58 million, working in partnership with other agencies to deliver infrastructure, innovation and business support projects. Roles earlier in his career included Assistant Chief Executive of Staffordshire Training and Enterprise Council (TEC) and a significant period in the private sector.
His salary as Managing Director is £105,000.