Pat Ritchie, CBEChief Executive Newcastle City Council
As chief executive of Newcastle City Council, Pat Ritchie has delivered a significant programme of transformational change since joining the council in 2013, creating the conditions for sustained economic growth in the city; notably securing the multi-million-pound investment deal to bring Legal & General to Newcastle’s flagship ‘Helix’ development. Pat also led on negotiations with government to secure a devolution deal for the new North of Tyne Mayoral Combined Authority. She is former chief executive of the Homes and Communities Agency (Homes England) and former deputy chief executive of the Regional Development Agency (One NorthEast) and continues to influence housing and economic development policy nationally. She co-chaired the Service Transformation Challenge Panel government taskforce in 2014. In January 2020 Pat became Chair of the Government Property Agency; overseeing its priorities to improve working environments on the government estate, support new ways of working and drive productivity and engagement.