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Bernstein's replacement announced

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Manchester City Council is set to appoint Wakefield MBC’s chief executive Joanne Roney as its replacement for Sir Howard Bernstein.

The city’s personnel committee will be asked to recommend her appointment for final approval at the full council meeting on 14 December.

Ms Roney has been Wakefield’s chief executive since 2008.

Sir Richard Leese (Lab), leader of Manchester City Council, said he was “hugely impressed” by Ms Roney’s “drive, strategic vision and determination”. She is expected to start in her new role next spring.

Joanne Roney

Bernstein’s replacement announced

Joanne Roney

Ms Roney said she was “honoured to be in line for this prestigious role” and added she was “looking forward to building on the legacy created by Sir Howard” who has been the city’s chief executive since 1998. Sir Howard announced his plans to retire in September.

Number 38 in LGC’s list of 100 most important people in local government last year, Ms Roney started her career in local government as an apprentice with Birmingham City Council at 16.

She spent most of her career in housing and regeneration, including a decade with Sheffield City Council where she rose to deputy chief executive responsible for neighbourhood regeneration, housing and adult social care. In 2009 Ms Roney was awarded the OBE for services to local government in 2009.

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