North Tyneside Council has appointed a new chief executive.
Patrick Melia has been selected for the role with the local authority, taking over from Graham Haywood, who has been interim chief executive for just over two years.
The 45-year-old, who starts his new position after the summer, is currently corporate director of business and area management at South Tyneside Council.
Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “This is an excellent appointment.
“As well as excellent professional credentials, Patrick has a thorough knowledge of the region, a strong commitment to partnership working and an open, honest manner.
“We are extremely ambitious for our borough and I’m confident that Patrick will have a pivotal role in ensuring that North Tyneside continues to be one of the best places in the region for people to live, work and invest in.”
Mr Melia said: “I am delighted to be joining North Tyneside Council. The council shows considerable ambition for the residents and communities that it serves.
“I am excited about working with members and staff, to respond to the significant social and financial challenges that the council faces to further improve services for its residents and communities as well as creating additional growth in businesses and jobs.”
Patrick lives in South Tyneside, is married with three daughters and is chair of governors at St Wilfrid’s RC College in South Shields.
He left school at 16 and joined the finance department of South Tyneside Council, gaining his CIPFA qualification during his time with the council, as well as graduating from Durham University’s Business School as a master in business administration.
In his current position, Patrick is also responsible for the Tyne and Wear Pension Fund and is lead officer for the seven local authorities with a majority shareholding in Newcastle International Airport.
Prior to his work at South Tyneside Council he held roles with Durham Constabulary and Northumbria Probation Service.