Council set to appoint new Chief Executive

Paul Lawrence

Paul Lawrence has been recommended for appointment as the new Chief Executive of the City of Edinburgh Council.

Following a competitive selection process, overseen by a cross-party panel of senior councillors, a final decision will be taken on the appointment at Thursday’s meeting of Full Council (9 May).

If the panel’s recommendation is approved, Mr Lawrence is expected to start as Chief Executive on 17 June.

Council Leader Cammy Day said:

I’m delighted that following a rigorous recruitment process, Paul Lawrence has been recommended for appointment into the role of Chief Executive.

We had an extremely high calibre of candidates from across the UK, which is testament to the Council’s – and the city’s – reputation. Subject to councillors’ approval on Thursday, I look forward to welcoming Paul into his new role.

Current Chief Executive, Andrew Kerr, will retire on 14 June, following nine years with the Council, and 42 years of public service.

Paul has been the Council’s Executive Director of Place since 2015, with his responsibilities including planning, housing, transport, regulatory services and environment, as well as economic development and culture.

Published: May 6th 2024