Joanne Roney has been recommended as the new chief executive of Manchester City Council (MCC).
The news is to be confirmed after the personnel committee was asked to recommend her appointment for final approval. This final approval took place at the council meeting on 14 December 2016.
Joanne is currently chief executive of Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council. She has held the top post since 2008.
She started her career in local government as an apprentice with Birmingham City Council at 16. She has a strong track record in transforming public services and delivering major regeneration initiatives.
The inspirational executive was awarded an OBE for her services to local government in 2009.
The new chief executive will succeed Sir Howard Bernstein. Bernstein has been chief executive of Manchester City Council since 1998.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said MCC were ‘hugely impressed’. They were impressed by her ‘drive’, ‘strategic vision’ and ‘determination’. She will ensure that all Manchester locals can be ‘part of the city’s success’.
Manchester City Council says that this is an ‘exciting’ time. There is a ‘clear’, ‘shared’ vision for the future of the city.
Joanne said: “Manchester is a confident and dynamic city”. She is ‘honoured’ to be in line for the role. Roney is ‘looking forward’ to ‘building on’ Sir Howard’s legacy.
The local community should hear the news confirmed in spring 2017. Roney will be appointed after full approval.