District appoints former building cleaner as new boss

A man who started out as a building cleaner has been named the new chief executive of Lancaster City Council.

Mark Davies will replace Kieran Keane, who will step down at the end of March after three years in the role.

Mr Davies began his career in local government at Bolton MBC as a building cleaner, where he eventually became the department head.

In 2002 he moved to Lancaster to lead the council’s groundskeeping, waste and recycling team.

Currently, Mr. Davies is Director of Communities and Environment at Lancaster, with particular responsibility for public realms, housing, recreation and guest services.

He said: “I am absolutely delighted to have been appointed Chief Executive of the Council.

“Our region is at a turning point. The pandemic, the impacts of climate change, economic uncertainty and the many symptoms of inequality mean that the public services our communities rely on are under pressure like never before.

“I look forward to working with our elected officials, staff, partners, communities and businesses to co-design and build a future that increases the wealth of our district.

Caroline Jackson (Green), manager of Lancaster, said: “With the position of general manager comes a series of immense challenges.

“We were looking for someone with a passion for serving the community and leading our workforce through some of the toughest times local government has ever seen.

“The recruitment process was rigorous and very thorough, and I am delighted that Mark has been appointed as the new Managing Director of the Council.”