Gill Steward

Chair of the Board

“CLES is leading the way in developing progressive local economies and public services with social justice at the heart. CLES is a Think Do organisation – its policy advice and models of practice are informed by over 30 years’ experience of working with Council’s and public services from the UK and across the world. CLES believes in making a difference and supporting positive change. I am privileged to Chair such an important organisation.”

Gill is a very experienced and skilled public sector leader with over 30 years’ experience. She has held two local government Chief Executive roles at West Sussex County Council and the London Borough of Bexley. She was part of the team that very successfully led the development and implementation of a new unitary Council in Cornwall, she has been a Chief Executive of a police authority and held a further four executive director roles covering a wide range of services. Including finance and the wider corporate centre, environmental, community and neighbourhood services, street scene, highways and public realm, fire and rescue, leisure, arts and culture, economic growth, regeneration and housing. Gill has extensive experience of establishing public sector wholly owned companies and has extensive experience of working with communities to enable them to take a greater role in running services and managing community assets.

Specialist areas:

Inclusive economic development, council companies, community collaboration and engagement, insourcing services and culture, heritage and arts

Specialist support to CLES:

Gill is supporting the work on Community Wealth Building and has a particular interest in supporting Councils to establish wholly owned companies and to insource services from the private sector.

Professional affiliations:

Member of SOLACE