Pat Ritchie joined Newcastle City Council as its first female Chief Executive in January 2013. Pat has set out an essential programme of transformational change, starting with a comprehensive senior management review. She is leading transformation based around the council's strong political priorities and vision, focussing on delivering economic growth through the City Deal at a time when it is needed more than ever.
Prior to joining Newcastle City Council Pat was the Chief Executive of the Government's Homes and Community Agency (HCA) from 2010. She led the delivery of the Affordable Homes Programme, decent homes, and locally led economic development including the publication of the HCA's first development and land disposal strategy.
Pat has extensive experience in economic development and regeneration. As Assistant Chief Executive (Strategy) at One North East, she led on the Regional Economic Strategy and its action plan, as well as leading development of the Objective 2 programme for the North East. Prior to this, she was Deputy Chief Executive of The Wise Group, a prominent employment and training company in Scotland and the North of England.