The managing director of upmarket department store chain John Lewis has been appointed to a top position advising local government ministers.
Andy Street will become lead non-executive director at the Department of Local Government and Communities when Sara Weller steps down at the end of the year.
He joined the John Lewis Partnership after graduating from Oxford University in 1985 and took up his present role in 2007.
He is also chair of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership.
Sara Weller will continue in her role as the independent chair of the Planning Inspectorate.
Communities Secretary Greg Clark said Mr Street's appointment was 'fantastic news'.
'He brings with him a wealth of experience and leadership from the business world and as Chair of Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership, which will be invaluable as we drive forward our priorities on devolution, local economic growth and housing.'
Mr Clark thanked Ms Weller for her 'superb work' on behalf of the department and said he was delighted she had agreed to continue in her role as chair of the Planning Inspectorate.
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