New Chief Operating Officer appointed

Liverpool City Council has appointed a new Chief Operating Officer to support its ongoing improvement.

Jacqui McKinlay will take up the newly created position – a key role in our senior team – in January 2022.

She is joining LCC from the Centre for Governance and Scrutiny (CfGS) – a national charity based in London, which supports local government and other sectors to improve transparency, accountability and governance.

She has been their Chief Executive for the past six years, leading on their work, nationally and locally. This included providing improvement support to local councils.

Jacqui has held numerous senior positions in a career spanning nearly thirty years, dedicated to public service. She has worked in local government, sport and health, and started out as a graduate trainee in the civil service.

Prior to CfGS, Jacqui spent twelve years at Staffordshire Council, five years as Director of Strategy and Customer Services.

No stranger to the city, Jacqui was born and bred in Liverpool, studying at Notre Dame High School.

Jacqui said: “I am excited to be returning to my home city to take on this important role at a critical time for the council. It has been an honour to work at CfGS, and was a difficult decision to leave. However the prospect of being able to use my knowledge and experience to assist the council on its improvement journey was simply too good an opportunity to miss. I am very much looking forward to meeting staff and councillors, and building on all the good work that is already underway to bring about lasting change.”

Chief Executive Tony Reeves said: “The whole of the Leadership team is delighted to welcome Jacqui to Liverpool. We are confident her considerable skills and vast expertise will make a significant impact on the work we are delivering, as part of the Strategic Improvement Plan.”

Jacqui is also a Trustee of The Advocacy Project and a Board Member of New Local – an independent think tank.

If you want to follow Jacqui’s tweets, you can find them here: @jacquimck.

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