Chief Executive - Andrew Kerr

Profile of Andrew Kerr, Chief Executive

As Chief Executive, Andrew is the main point of contact between the Council’s elected members and its staff. He is responsible for carrying out the Council’s agreed policies and for overall operational management of its 18,000 employees and just under £1 billion budget.

Andrew also acts as a returning or counting officer in local, Scottish, UK and European elections and referendums.


Andrew joined the City of Edinburgh Council as Chief Executive in July 2015. He began his local government career with Falkirk District Council. His 32-year public sector career has since included more than three years at Birmingham City Council and North Tyneside Council, where he was CEO from 2005.

He was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Cardiff Council in March 2012 where he delivered a £900m joint venture in waste management.  He has led transformation programmes in his last three authorities delivering more than £100m worth of savings. Andrew’s most recent post with Cornwall Council saw him lead a programme to deliver £196m savings over four years. One of Andrew’s  achievements in his previous role was successfully negotiating a Devolution Deal for Cornwall – the first rural authority in England to be offered one.

Andrew is also a former bronze medal-winning 400m sprinter, and represented Great Britain in international athletics.  

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