Wakefield Council Chief Executive set for new role in Manchester

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The Chief Executive of Wakefield Council is expected to leave her position to take on the same role in Manchester.

Joanne Roney, who has an OBE for her services to local government, has been recommended for the post, subject to confirmation from Manchester City Council.

Ms Roney joined Wakefield in July 2008 and has been involved in the development of The Hepworth Wakefield, Trinity Walk Shopping Centre, Wakefield One and Westgate Railway Station.

She 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.”

Leader of Wakefield Council Coun Peter Box said working with her had been “a joy”.

Coun Box said: “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.”