Kath O'Dwyer
Kath O'Dwyer
Chief Executive
St Helens MBC

Kath joined St Helens Borough Council in March 2020 as Chief Executive. Prior to this she held the Chief Executive role in Cheshire East Council for 3½ years. Kath has worked in local government for most of her career (38+years), working in several North West local authorities including Lancashire, Rochdale, Knowsley, Halton, 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 in Stoke-on Trent City Council via Serco. Kath started her career as a social worker and has ‘risen through the ranks’ and her more recent career 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 organisational culture improvements and service transformation. She is an advocate of sector-led improvement, 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.