New Chief Executive at Wrexham County Borough Council Helen Patterson

Helen developed this blog while she was at Wrexham County Borough Council – before moving on in November 2017 to take up the role of Chief Executive at Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council.

Helen started her career as a teacher in Yorkshire, before successfully leading three primary schools in Hampshire. From 2003 she was a Director in Solihull and Executive Director of Children’s Services in Sunderland 2005-10.

From 2010, in Sunderland, as Strategic Director for Transformation, she led the council’s business transformation, efficiency and improvement work. She joined Walsall in 2017 after being Chief Executive at Wrexham from 2011-17.

Her priorities are growing resilient communities through reframing local government’s relationship with the public and the local economy. She seeks to harness the ideas, time and energy within communities to enable them to develop themselves into strong local providers of services. With the economy, her focus is on investing in skills and securing investment for jobs. She believes these foci increase economic and social wellbeing and ultimately tackle inequality and poverty in our communities.

Helen has been influential in shaping innovative practice nationally in England and Wales particularly within governance arrangements; regeneration; alternative delivery models; social care; health and education.

Helen is a JP, keen daily swimmer and small-scale keeper of chickens.