Carolyn is currently the Chief Executive at Oldham Council and the Accountable Officer for NHS Oldham CCG. She is passionate about the role public services have in improving life chances for people and has taken forward a wide reaching programme of reform and integration of services in order to deliver significantly better outcomes.
She undertakes the lead chief executive role for Greater Manchester on a range of issues including for Safe and Stronger Communities portfolio. She is the architect for Greater Manchester Leadership and Workforce Development Framework which aims to support the growth of a community of skilled, connected leaders from all sectors in the City Region. She is the lead chief executive for Population Health overseeing the wellbeing and prevention agenda for Greater Manchester. In addition, she sits on the Oldham Maggie’s Fundraising Board and is co-chair of the GM Cancer Board. She was appointed to the NHS Assembly in March 2019.
She has significant public sector experience, and a long time commitment to understanding public service delivery from different perspectives, so crucial to developing collaborative working. This includes involvement in the Civil Society Future Inquiry and Centre for Policing Research and Learning, Open University.
Carolyn has an MA in Literature with the Open University and a Masters in Public Administration from Warwick Business School. Her Doctorate in Business Administration focused on the relationship between trust and control in organisations during times of significant change.
In addition to her roles in Oldham, Carolyn is also part of the NHS Test and Trace Senior Leadership Team as the Director of Containment. This role is being undertaken on a part-time, secondment basis.
Carolyn was awarded an OBE in June 2016 for her services to local government and public service reform.