Merran McRae recommended as new Chief Executive


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Merran McRae is being recommended as the new Chief Executive of Wakefield Council, subject to confirmation at Full Council on 16 March 2017.

The recommendation comes following a nation-wide search to replace outgoing Chief Executive, Joanne Roney OBE who has held the position since 2008, and is taking up the Chief Executive role in Manchester City Council this April.

Ms McRae is currently Chief Executive at Calderdale Council, a position she has held since 2012. Previous to that she held the positions of Director of Wellbeing and Communities and Director of Housing at Kirklees Council. Before joining Kirklees Council she was also Chief Executive at Aire Valley Homes for six years.

Ms McRae impressed the Appointments Panel with her wealth of experience as a regional leader and her strong record of delivering transformation.

Commenting on the recommendation Ms McRae said: "I am delighted to have been recommended for the position of Chief Executive. Wakefield has a great reputation and big ambitions, and I'm looking forward to building on the success to date.

"I have greatly enjoyed my time in Calderdale and the talent and commitment of colleagues and will take many good memories into my new challenges."

Leader of Wakefield Council, Councillor Peter Box CBE, said: "We were looking for someone with the strategic vison and leadership qualities to build on our success and play a pivotal role in the Leeds City Region and this is exactly what Merran brought to the table.

"As an experienced Chief Executive I am confident that she will be able to hit the ground running. Like us, she is passionate about making a difference and helping us to realise our ambitions for the district so that all residents benefit."

Subject to the recommendation being approved at an Extraordinary Full Council meeting on 16 March, it is expected that the new Chief Executive will start this spring.

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