Manchester City Council/Solace
Joanne has been the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council since April 2017. During the last 4 years she has dealt with a number of unprecedented events including the Manchester Arena Bomb and the Covid 19 pandemic. Joanne is driving the Council through the fundamental changes to Health and Social Care. She is lead Chief Executive for skills across Greater Manchester.
Before moving to Manchester, Joanne was previously Chief Executive of Wakefield Metropolitan Borough Council, where she held the top post from 2008.
Joanne’s career started in local government as an apprentice with Birmingham City Council when she was 16. She has a strong track record in transforming public services and delivering major regeneration initiatives such as the Hepworth Gallery Wakefield and Parkhill Housing in Sheffield. She has extensive experience in housing and local government having 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. Joanne is a Fellow of CIH and a regular contributor to Inside Housing.
Joanne is a Trustee of the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund, established in the wake of the Manchester Arena attack, to provide financial support to victims and families affected.
Since 2020 Joanne has been President of the Society for Chief Executives (SOLACE).
Joanne was awarded the OBE for services to local government in 2009.