Wakefield Council Chief Executive recommended for exciting new role

​Date:02/12/2016

Ref: PR8419

The Chief Executive of Wakefield Council, Joanne Roney OBE, is to be recommended as Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, subject to confirmation.

Since joining Wakefield in July 2008, Joanne has been pivotal in driving forward big ambitions for the district. Working with Elected Members and the Leader of the Council, Joanne has brought to fruition huge regeneration projects including The Hepworth Wakefield, Trinity Walk Shopping Centre, a new railway station and the opening of Wakefield One. This investment in regeneration and the economy has seen the district become a hotbed for inward investment that is benefiting businesses and residents alike.

During her time at Wakefield Council, services have been transformed to improve outcomes for residents such as the introduction of a local living wage, reduced unemployment, and reduced numbers of looked after children. In 2009 her services to local government were recognised when she was awarded an OBE.

Joanne Roney OBE said: "I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved in Wakefield over the past eight years. I have had the privilege of working with extremely talented and passionate colleagues, members and partners and this has made the decision to consider leaving really tough.

"I'm honoured to be in line for the role of Chief Executive at Manchester City Council, it is an opportunity I cannot pass up. Manchester is a vibrant city and it is an exciting time to be part of transforming public services and being part of the Greater Manchester Devolution agenda.

"I know the fantastic team in Wakefield will continue to realise the vision and ambitions for the district, and enjoy every success in doing so."

Earlier this year Wakefield Council's Peer Review Challenge acknowledged the strong leadership of the Council and found it to be high performing and ambitious.

Commenting on the news, the Leader of Wakefield Council, Cllr Peter Box CBE said: "Working with Joanne over the past eight years has been a joy. Her unfaltering commitment and enthusiasm to improving public services for the district's residents is evident by what we have achieved.

"She has a strong track record of transformation and I am immensely grateful for the work she has done in supporting both myself, officers and members.

"I personally want to wish Joanne every success in her new role in Manchester and am sure she will have a hugely positive impact.

"Wakefield is going to miss her."


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