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Kath O'Dwyer

Solace Policy Lead for Leadership & Chief Executive

St Helen’s Borough Council

Kath O'Dwyer

Kath joined St Helens Borough Council in March 2020 as Chief Executive. Prior to this she was acting Chief Executive in Cheshire East Council for 3 years.  

Kath has worked in local government for most of her career (28+years), working in several north west local authorities including Lancashire, Rochdale, Knowsley, Halton, Stoke-on Trent and Warrington councils. During this time Kath also worked as National Director in Ofsted and for 3 years was part of a government commissioned intervention team via Serco.  

Kath started her career as a social worker and has ‘risen through the ranks’ and in more recent years has held the roles of Director of Children’s Services (DCS); Executive Director for People Services and Deputy Chief Executive.  

Kath has worked in a number of roles and authorities where there has been a significant focus on service improvement and transformation. She is an advocate of sector-led improvement, is a champion for integrated health & social care and is passionate about workforce engagement.  

Kath is a member of the Solace Policy Board, is an LGA Peer Review lead and a mentor for new and aspiring Chief Executives.

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