Angie Ridgwell joined Lancashire County Council as Interim Chief Executive and Director of Resources on 3 January 2018 for one year but loved it so much she applied for the permanent job and was confirmed in post in October that year. Prior to that she was Director General, Finance and Corporate Services at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). A qualified accountant by profession Angie’s work has focused on improving public services. Angie has worked in a wide range of public sector bodies and local authorities, principally as Chief Executive or Director of Finance. These include Bristol City Council, Thurrock Council, Coventry City Council and Bridgnorth District Council. Angie has also worked in consultancy and as an associate with KPMG. Assignments include acting as Executive Director at the London Development Agency, advising the Board and Mayor of London on regeneration and economic development strategies; interim CFO at North East Lincolnshire Council to address issues arising from the collapse of the Icelandic Banks; London Borough of Greenwich; and Northamptonshire County Council. In her latter career, Angie has focused on transformation situations, including overseeing the merger of two Government Departments to form BEIS and supporting Bristol City Council as it adapted to leadership under a democratically elected mayor. Under her leadership, Lancashire has addressed a number of financial challenges, putting the council on a sound financial footing; moved its children’s services out of intervention to good; fostered a range of partnerships that have seen delivery of the first pan Lancashire vision under the Lancashire 2050 brand; and secured record investment into the county including the new National Cyber Force and recent LUF bids. Angie is married with one grown up daughter and in her spare time enjoys competing in triathlon.
29 November 2023, The brewery, London