New Stockport Council Chief Executive

Michael Cullen has been announced to replace the outgoing Chief Executive Caroline Simpson.

New Stockport Council Chief Executive

Following a rigorous selection process, the council’s Appointments Committee made its recommendation to the Extraordinary Council Meeting on 20 June 2024.

The recommendation was for Michael Cullen, the council’s current Deputy Chief Executive, to be appointed as Stockport Council’s new Chief Executive.

Councillor Mark Hunter, Leader of the Council, said : “On behalf of the appointments committee, I am delighted to recommend Michael Cullen as our preferred candidate for Stockport’s new Chief Executive.

“Michael has extensive experience at a senior level and established themselves as the outstanding and credible candidate in an incredibly strong field of applicants. Michael showed huge passion for the people of Stockport and the future of our borough.

“I am looking forward to working with Michael on our ambitious plans we have for the borough in what has already been a great year for Stockport.”

Michael Cullen said: “I’ve had the privilege of being part of Team Stockport for nearly 18 years, so to be offered the opportunity to be Stockport's Chief Executive is an honour and a privilege, and I cannot wait to get started. To succeed Caroline Simpson, a dear friend and colleague, means we can continue to build on the legacy she leaves and work even closer with the GMCA in the future.

"2024 has been a fantastic year for Stockport so far. There’s a buzz in the air, and I am excited to take this pivotal role for the council, working with councillors, partners, businesses, communities, and colleagues to deliver for our residents.

I want to build on our recent accolades, such as being the Sunday Times Best Place to live in the North West, by continuing with our ambitious plans for the future, building on the fantastic work that has already been delivered and going one step further to make Stockport not just the best place to live in the North West, but the best place to live in the country.”