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New key appointments at combined authority

LIVERPOOL City Region Combined Authority has appointed to two key leadership roles.

Richard McGuckin has been appointed to the role of executive director place, while Dr Aileen Jones has been appointed as executive director investment and delivery.

Richard joins from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, where he is currently director of town centres investment, while Aileen is currently interim executive director of strategic commissioning and delivery at the combined authority.

The posts complete the combined authority’s executive team, coming five months since the appointment new chief executive, Katherine Fairclough.

Working closely with partners, Richard and Aileen will provide strategic expertise, advice and guidance on place-shaping and regeneration, integrated transport, infrastructure, investment and project delivery to unlock the potential of the city region and drive inclusive economic growth and social value.

Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region said: We have massive ambitions for the Liverpool City Region in the years to come – be it a fully integrated London-style transport system, a local green industrial revolution, or the creation of high-quality, high-paid jobs through strategic investment.

“We need a top-level team with the skills and experience to get us there and Richard and Aileen fit that bill.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the team in the months and years ahead”.

Richard will join the Combined Authority in early February, while Aileen will begin her new role with immediate effect.

Richard is a Chartered Civil Engineer and joins from Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council. An experienced local government director, he has led a diverse portfolio of services.

He has played an instrumental role in the setting up and then early management of the Tees Valley Combined Authority, chairing its Transport Advisory Group.

Aileen initially joined the authority in 2018 as head of evidence, research and intelligence and became assistant director of policy and strategic commissioning in October 2019.

With a PhD in public policy, she has split her career between public and private sectors, with previous roles including the head of UK public policy for HSBC, deputy director of the Heseltine Institute at the University of Liverpool and spells in Westminster as a committee specialist leading select committee enquiries, at the Financial Services Authority, Royal College of Psychiatrists and the General Medical Council.


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