Chief Executive, Halton Borough Council

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David Parr OBE, DBA(Hon), LLB

David is a qualified solicitor but no longer practices law.

In June 2004 David became the Chief Executive of Halton Borough Council.

In June 2019 David was awarded the OBE for services to local government in Cheshire.

He has extensive experience in the areas of regeneration and urban renewal and has led numerous transformational regeneration projects in Nottinghamshire, Tameside, Macclesfield and most recently Halton (Widnes & Runcorn) and the Liverpool City Region, creating new employment sites, regenerating town centres and generating major new job opportunities.

In particular, he has driven the £2billion Mersey Gateway Bridge Project from concept, through the Public Inquiry, and the procurement and construction process to its opening. In November 2014 he was appointed Chief Executive of the Mersey Gateway Crossings Board. A role he combined with his local authority duties, until he stepped down from this role at the end of 2017 when Mersey Gateway opened.

David is also a Board Director on the JV at Sci Tech Daresbury, an internationally recognised Science and Innovation Campus and works across the NW on the science agenda.

In addition, he sits on the Board of Halton Chamber; and has also been heavily involved with the development of the 3MG and Waterfront sites at Widnes, Manor Park, the renaissance of the Runcorn Shopping Centre, the Runcorn Station Quarter and the development of Widnes Town Centre, Widnes Vikings Rugby League Club, The Brindley Arts Centre (Runcorn) and the Halton Stadium in Widnes.

As the lead local authority CX in the NW for Children Services, David chairs the North West Children Services Sector Improvement Board and has a keen interest in learning and skills, and the positive development of opportunities for, and the safeguarding of, children and young people.

David Chairs both the Cheshire and the Liverpool City Region Protecting Vulnerable People Boards. He also works closely with the NW Police Regional Organised Crime Unit response to serious organised crime and County Lines.

In January 2018 David agreed to take on the role of leading the “One Halton” integrated place-based transformation of health, social care and well being in Halton.

David has undertaken a number of Peer Reviews and as an experienced CX also acts as a mentor to new CXs and those new into senior management.

He represents Halton and the Liverpool City Region on a number of Regional and National bodies and plays a major role in the Liverpool City Region, the Daresbury Enterprise Zone and science and innovation activities in the NW. He is also an Apprenticeship Ambassador.

David is the LCR CX Lead for Community Safety, Children & Young People and Asylum Seekers/Refugees. He also worked with DCLG to help establish and develop the LCR Combined Authority Mayoral Model.

He is the PARO for the Cheshire Police Area and the Local Returning Officer for Halton.

In November 2015 David was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Business Administration by the University of Chester in recognition of his services to local government and Halton.


David’s background is in planning, environmental and transportation law.

After reading law at university and completing his professional qualifications he joined Nottinghamshire County Council as an Articled Clerk in 1984.

Over a ten-year period at Nottinghamshire, which included a brief spell with Nottingham City Council, David progressed to the post of Assistant County Secretary (Legal Services). Over this period David covered all aspects of local government law. He was also instrumental in promoting the first local Act of Parliament that led to the introduction of a light rail transit system in Nottingham City Centre.

In 1994 David moved to Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council as Borough Solicitor.

At Tameside David developed his skills further leading a number of projects including the Council’s Year 2000 project. David also enjoyed a six-month secondment to the DTLR Modernisation Team assisting local government in the implementation of the Local Government Act 2000.

In 2001, before moving to Halton, David became Chief Executive at Macclesfield Borough Council where he led a major organisational change preparing the Council for Local Government reorganisation.