County council appoints Stephen Young as executive director

Lancashire County Council has appointed Stephen Young to the newly created role of executive director of growth, environment, transport and community services.

Stephen Young Lancashire County Council

He will join the organisation in April from Bolton Council, where he is currently director of place.

This new role, created following a management restructure, includes major areas of the county council's work including highways, economic development, planning, public transport, waste management, libraries and museums.

The role also aims to maximise opportunities to bring major projects and funding to Lancashire through the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal, the Growth Deal, Transport for the North, and the Northern Powerhouse.

As the director of place at Bolton Council, Stephen's role has included leading the development and launch of their town centre masterplanning process, which resulted in £100m of investment being made available to prime £1bn of town centre redevelopment schemes.

Stephen previously worked for Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council and Burnley Council.

Angie Ridgwell, interim chief executive and director of resources, said: "This is a key position with responsibility for some of our biggest services. Stephen will be instrumental in the economic development of the county and will deliver a range of ambitious and major projects across Lancashire, as well as oversee the operational delivery of key services.

"In common with councils across the country, we have unprecedented financial challenges. This makes it crucial that we have the right senior team in place to make sure that we're providing the best-possible services for the people of Lancashire. I'm really pleased to welcome Stephen to the team." Stephen said: "I am so looking forward to joining Lancashire County Council and continuing to build on the great work that is already taking place. Lancashire is an amazing place with exceptional people and I can’t wait to get started."