Announcement from Manchester City Council (Friday 2 December 3:55pm):
We were hugely impressed at interview by Joanne’s drive, strategic vision and determination
'Joanne Roney will be recommended as the new chief executive of Manchester City Council, subject to confirmation.
'Following her selection in a rigorous interview process, personnel committee will be asked to recommend her appointment for final approval at the Council meeting on 14 December.
'Joanne is currently chief executive of Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council, where she has held the top post since 2008. She started her career in local government as an apprentice with Birmingham City Council at 16 and has a strong track record in transforming public services and delivering major regeneration initiatives such as the Hepworth Gallery. Joanne has also previously worked as director of housing at Kirklees Council and executive director with responsibility for housing, communities and adult care services at Sheffield City Council. She was awarded the OBE for services to local government in 2009.
'The new chief executive will succeed Sir Howard Bernstein who has been chief executive of Manchester City Council since 1998.
'Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “We were hugely impressed at interview by Joanne’s drive, strategic vision and determination to ensure that all Manchester residents can be part of the city’s success story.
'“This an exciting time for Manchester City Council. We have a clear, shared vision for the future direction of the city – set out in the Our Manchester Strategy for the next decade – and a strong platform from which to move forwards. This includes a high quality team, strong relationships with partner organisations and an established culture of ambition.
'“We don’t shy away from the fact that there are still significant challenges ahead to connect all of Manchester’s communities with the opportunities being created here and I have no doubt that this will be right at the top of the new chief executive’s agenda.”
'Joanne said: “Manchester is a confident and dynamic city and this in an exciting time for anyone to be joining Manchester City Council. I’m honoured to be in line for this prestigious role and looking forward to building on the legacy created by Sir Howard and playing my part, alongside Sir Richard and the wider team, in shaping the next phase of Manchester and Greater Manchester’s journey.”
'Subject to recommendation by personnel committee and approval by full Council, it is expected that the new chief executive would start in post in spring 2017.'