Andrew Kerr OBE
Chief Executive, City of Edinburgh Council & Solace Scotland Chair
Andrew is the Chief Executive Officer the City of Edinburgh Council. He began his local government career with Falkirk District Council. His 38-year Public Sector Career has since included a career in Leisure where he became the Director of Leisure and Culture at Birmingham City Council and President of The Institute of Leisure Management and he has been CEO at four major local authorities in North Tyneside, Wiltshire, Cornwall and his current job in Edinburgh since July 2015. He is also the Scottish Trustee on the UK board of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
He has delivered a £900m joint venture in waste management and has led transformation programmes in his last four authorities worth more that £200m. Andrew led the UKs first rural devolution deal in Cornwall worth £1.8bn and has now delivered the successful Edinburgh and South-East Scotland City Deal worth £1.2bn to the Edinburgh and South East Scotland Economy.
He is currently leading a £147m Transformation Programme for the council and the delivery of its business plan and is at the heart of Edinburgh’s City Vision 2050 initiative and has led the Councils response to the global Covid pandemic.
Andrew is also a medal winning 400m runner, represented Great Britain and Scotland at international level and was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours this year for his contribution to public services.