The Senior Team

Interim Chief Executive: Paul Satoor

Paul commenced working for Wirral Council as Director of Transformation in February 2017, and was appointed Interim Chief Executive on 16 July 2019.

Paul joined us from the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency where he was Director of Organisational Development and Strategy and Deputy CEO.

He was responsible for a number of transformational programmes including the merger of two government agencies and developing a new operating model for vehicle testing. He has strong background in organisational transformation, human resources and Organisational development.

He has worked at senior management level for over 15 years.

Corporate Director for Children's Services: Paul Boyce

Paul is responsible for the delivery of services for children and young people, acting as our champion for young people throughout Wirral and across the Liverpool City Region.

Children’s Services at Wirral Council deliver social care, early help and preventative, targeted support to young people, support for children with additional education needs and disabilities, and deliver positive relationships with schools – providing services including school improvement, and support for children who struggle in mainstream schools.

To join Wirral children services you will have to have a track record of achieving excellence, be prepared for a challenge, believe passionately in helping children, young people and families, and be a creative and innovative thinker.

Paul came to Wirral in December 2017 to provide leadership following a poor inspection by Ofsted in 2016. Children’s services are the council’s highest priority. The ambition is to transform outcomes for children by providing excellent joined up services. The services are well resourced and well on the way to achieving this ambition.

Before coming to Wirral, Paul was the Executive Director (Children) in Knowsley MBC where he oversaw the delivery of an improvement program the resulted in children services from being inadequate to good in three years.

In his spare time Paul is a musician and film maker

Director for Strategy & Partnerships: Fiona Johnstone

Fiona has lived in Wirral for most of her life, and is proud to be serving the borough where she grew up and was educated.

Joining the Council in September 2010, Fiona originally held the post of Director of Public Health – a role she has held in different boroughs in the City Region since 2002.  The diversity of public health made that a fascinating career, working across all sectors including healthcare, environment, and regeneration to deliver change to the inequalities in health experienced by our communities.  It has also meant a close relationship with the community sector where Fiona has enjoyed working with, and meeting people and organisations who are so important to our borough and inspirational in their commitment.

Fiona has been in the role of Director for Strategy and Partnerships since July 2017 and within that role is accountable for driving forward the delivery of the Wirral 2020 Plan across the Wirral Partnership.  She is also responsible for corporate and partnership resources including insight and intelligence, communications, community engagement, strategy and policy, and the commissioning of environment and public health. 

Director of Finance & Investment: Shaer Halewood

Shaer is the Statutory Section 151 officer for Wirral Council, accountable for ensuring the Council provides value for money for our taxpayers and that we have sufficient governance in place to protect the public purse. 

Shaer does this through providing financial advice and guidance to the Council and our partners on the impact of our decisions so that resources are targeted to achieving our priority outcomes.  Shaer also ensures resources are available to support the regeneration and growth of the borough and our communities.  Shaer also plays a big part in organisational redesign and change management and supporting our community wealth building initiatives.

Shaer came to Wirral after a long career in local government finance working in previous local authorities across Cheshire, Greater Manchester and North Wales and spent a while consulting in the public sector

Corporate Director for Delivery (& Assistant Chief Executive): David Armstrong

David has been with Wirral Council for almost 30 years. He joined the then Education Department at the council in 1990, having been a primary teacher and Headteacher in various schools across the North West of England.   

David’s original role was related to schools capital, place planning and finance – making sure our schools were of a good quality, both in terms of their buildings but also in terms of the quality of education offered to our young people.

David moved on to support the Council in many different roles, and has been acting director of children’s services and acting chief executive, providing support and leadership to almost every Council service along the way.