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Martin Swales, Chief Executive

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Chief Executive, South Tyneside Metropolitan Unitary Authority

During his 10 years as Chief Executive of one of the 36 Metropolitan Unitary Councils in England, Martin has worked closely with Elected Members to lead and shape the Council through a modernising change programme with a relentless focus on service improvement.  Economic Growth projects including the International Advanced Manufacturing Park, a nationally significant infrastructure project bringing 5,200 jobs, together with distributed regeneration across town centres, urban areas, village communities and housing programmes are driving economic growth to raise prosperity and employment.  South Tyneside is a recognised 'high performing Council with many outstanding features' that is 'leading the way in transforming services and outcomes' (LGA Corporate Peer Challenge, October 2017). Children's Services are judged by Ofsted as 'Good', with an 'Outstanding' Adoption Service (October 2017). South Tyneside's 'whole-systems partnership approach' to Health and Social Care Integration has been nationally recognised with 'many examples of innovation' (LGA Health and Care System Peer Challenge, July 2018).

Head of Paid Service, North East Combined Authority (NECA)

Martin holds leadership responsibility for NECA as Head of Paid Service, serving a population of 1.15m residents, including 58% of the North East's working-age population. The size and scale of the urban and rural nature of the NECA area provides a home to two Cities, two Universities, specialist Colleges and three Ports that support an economy worth £20.7 billion (GVA).

UK President of Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (Solace)

As UK President, Martin provides national leadership, representing the sector across all configurations of Local Government. His focus as President is to create the right platform, conditions and relationships for the sector to emerge stronger and more sustainable. Prior to becoming President, Martin served as National Spokesperson for Economic Development and Housing for six years. 

Chief Executive Representative for the North East Region 

Martin represents the North East region as one of nine Chief Executive's nationally working with Government on 'Brexit' related matters to help prepare the UK for leaving the European Union and leads on the North East's formal relationship with Department for International Trade (DiT).

Lead Chief Executive and Principal Shareholder Advisor to Newcastle International Airport Board on behalf of the majority shareholder 

Martin represents the majority shareholder 'LA7' and holds lead responsibility for the relationship management with the 49% shareholder 'AMP Global Capital'.

Lead Chief Executive for the Tyne and Wear Local Government Pension Fund

Martin is Lead Chief Executive for the £9bn fund, one of the largest in the UK, with 230 employers and around 130,000 members. The Fund has recently collaborated with eleven other Local Government funds to create Border to Coast Pensions Partnership, an investment asset pool of around £43bn. 


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