New City Region Combined Authority chief executive appointed

Katherine Fairclough

KATHERINE Fairclough has been appointed to the role of Chief Executive of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority.

Katherine joins the Combined Authority from Cumbria County Council, where she has been Chief Executive since 2017. She was previously Deputy Chief Executive at Warrington Borough Council.

Her role will involve responsibility for all functions of the Combined Authority, including transport, environment, investment and business growth, housing and homelessness, employment and skills, culture, fairness and inclusion.

Katherine will take over from current Chief Executive, Frank Rogers, who announced his retirement last September.

She said: “The Liverpool City Region has so many strengths – from its legendary culture and hospitality, to world-leading industries such as health and life-sciences and advanced manufacturing, to its energetic start-up community.

“But, like everywhere else, it has been hit hard by the pandemic and there is a huge amount of work to do to drive the City Region’s recovery.

“I’m looking forward to working with partners through this crucial period to achieve our vision to create a globally competitive, environmentally responsible and socially inclusive city region.”

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, said: “I’m very pleased to welcome Katherine as our next Chief Executive.

“This is a vital role for our City Region, and her appointment is the result of a rigorous recruitment process designed to make sure that we secured the very best candidate possible.

“I look forward to working with Katherine and I know that she will be a great asset to both the Combined Authority and to our City Region.”

Katherine is expected to take up her post in early Summer.