Lewis joins from Newcastle City Council where he was previously assistant chief executive, playing an important role in securing deals with government on funding and devolution.
A former senior HM Treasury economist, and director of the Northern Way, he brings with him a wealth of experience from working on economic strategy, transport, inward investment and the delivery of complex projects.
Speaking on his appointment, he said: “I am delighted to be joining the Combined Authority at the start of an exciting process of devolution, with the opportunity to deliver a real step-change in economic growth and new jobs for the Tees Valley.
“Tees Valley has a reputation as a dynamic and forward-thinking area, with huge potential, and a great track record in partnership working.”
Lewis will be leading work to establish the role of the Combined Authority making sure that it functions effectively, prepares to deliver new devolved responsibilities, and that it works in an open and democratically accountable way that is accessible and understood by local people.
Cllr Sue Jeffrey, chair of Tees Valley Combined Authority and leader of Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, said: “Andrew has the knowledge and understanding of business and partnerships to be able to work closely and effectively with all sectors to develop and seize opportunities to diversify and grow the Tees Valley economy.
“Tees Valley has bold ambitions and aspirations and Andrew’s qualities and excellent track record made him the ideal candidate to take the helm of the Combined Authority.”
He is expected to join Tees Valley Combined Authority in July.