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Merthyr Tydfil Chief Executive Shortlisted for National Award


Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council’s Chief Executive is in the running for a prestigious national award.

Gareth Chapman has been shortlisted for the Institute of Directors (IoD) Wales Director of the Year Awards 2017, which celebrate the achievements of businesses and inspirational leaders across the country.

More than 35 directors have been shortlisted in 10 different categories, with Mr Chapman having made it to the final of Public Sector Director of the Year.

The winners will be announced at an awards lunch at Cardiff’s SSE Swalec Stadium on 19 May and then go forward for the IoD National Awards in London in the autumn.

A qualified solicitor and Chartered Manager, Gareth has been a local authority employee since 1977 and held senior management posts with a number of councils before being appointed Merthyr Tydfil Chief Executive in 2010.

Gareth played a significant role in helping to secure the £1.2bn City Deal for the Cardiff City Region (CCR), the largest such deal in the UK.  Using his substantial legal experience and expertise in local authority governance, he was instrumental in advising 10 South East Wales county borough council leaders and nine chief executives of a proposed governance structure to be adopted to deliver the CCR Deal.

In his spare time, he holds senior positions with two voluntary organisations, the Gwent Police Special Constabulary and St John Ambulance.