Aston University graduate takes top position at new council

8 August 2008 – for immediate release

A high-flying Aston University graduate has taken his career to even greater heights this week, with his appointment as Chief Executive of the UK’s newest local authority.

Steve Robinson, who graduated from the University in environmental health in 1979, has been confirmed as the first head of the soon-to-be established Cheshire West and Chester Council. Receiving 100% full party support Steve, who is currently Chief Executive at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, will take up his latest challenge on 1 October to manage the shadow council’s transition to full unitary authority status on 1 April 2009.

The new authority will be the fourth largest in England’s North West and will bring together the councils of Ellesmere Port and Neston, Chester, Vale Royal and Cheshire County Council. Governing a population of 327,500, the council will replace the current two-tier local government system, provide a more efficient system for residents and place an emphasis on attracting further public and private investment in the area.

Steve Robinson, Environmental Health Graduate, Aston University, said:

“Back in 1974, Environmental Health was a relatively new course at the University and I recall, quite clearly, one of my lecturers saying that we would be the future directors of environmental health. As a young man I could never have imagined that I would achieve that, and more besides. I owe a tremendous amount to Aston University and to the great start that it gave to my career.”

This appointment follows a line of successes for Steve Robinson. In twelve months at Stoke-on-Trent City Council, he led the authority from a one star failing council to a three star council that is performing well. He joined the council in 2003 as the Director of Housing and Consumer Protection and was promoted to the top position in 2006.

Whilst studying at Aston University, he was a trainee environmental health officer at Coventry City Council. He progressed to more senior roles at Sandwell and Wolverhampton Councils, joined Liverpool City Council in 1996 as assistant director of housing before becoming Chief Executive of two housing associations.


For more information contact Laura Plotnek, University Communications Team, Aston University on 0121 204 4549 or l.plotnek@aston.ac.uk.