Newcastle City Council Chief Executive, Pat Ritchie, has been appointed chair of the Government Property Agency (GPA). The appointment has been made with the approval of the prime minister and cabinet secretary.
The GPA acts as the government’s landlord, providing strategic advice on its property estate, launched in 2018 and managing property assets for over 60 departments and public sector bodies, it has been tasked with delivering savings worth £1.4bn to the public purse over the next decade.
Ritchie will take up the position alongside her role as chief executive at Newcastle City Council where she has overseen successful regeneration projects in the north-east.
Ritchie said: “The GPA is having a real impact already by implementing greater commercial thinking to government property.Through revitalising and modernising the public estate we can help drive regeneration and economic growth.
Steven Boyd, GPA chief executive added: “This is an exciting time for the GPA and a great moment for Pat to join us as we move into the second phase of our Hubs Programme and continue to grow our portfolio of government assets. Pat brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, and I am looking forward to working with her.”