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The West Midlands Combined Authority has announced the appointment of a director of finance

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Sean Pearce former chief financial officer at Worcestershire County Council has been named as director of finance for the WMCA.

Sean Pearce comes from his role as chief financial officer at Worcestershire County Council, where he led the finance team for six years, working on the delivery of major transformation and change programmes through some significant financial challenges. Pearce will join a team to be led by incoming WMCA chief executive Deborah Cadman.

Pearce will work with West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and the new chief executive to drive forward a number of initiatives including the delivery of a capital investment programme of at least £8 billion as part of the devolution deal.

Deborah Cadman said “I am delighted we have found such a high quality officer to lead on our finance agenda, which is so vital to our future devolution journey. We can change people’s lives for the better if we seize the opportunities in front of us and we want the best people around us to do that.” 

Pearce said “Solid foundations have been laid by Mark Taylor who has led the teams recently on an interim basis and I wish him well in continuing his work with one of our valued constituent authorities, the City of Wolverhampton Council"

The WMCA is also currently recruiting for a strategic director of housing & regeneration and a director of skills & productivity.

 

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