Wigan MBC chief executive Donna Hall is to become chair of thinktank New Local Government Network once she retires next year.
Ms Hall, who announced in October her plan to retire after right years at Wigan, will succeed Dame Jane Roberts. Ms Hall has been a member of the NLGN board since March.
She said: “It’s an absolute honour to be appointed as chair of NLGN. I am so impressed by the team’s innovative, cutting edge, high-quality thought leadership that we all need more than ever over the next few years.
“I hope that by working creatively together we can support councils to in turn give strength and confidence to their communities.”
Two further appointments to the NLGN board have been made with immediate effect.
Former Darlington BC chief executive Ada Burns will be vice chair and Robert Pollock, director at consultancy Social Finance, will take the position of treasurer.
NGLN director Adam Lent paid tribute to Dame Jane as an “invaluable source of wisdom”.
He added: “Donna has built an extraordinary reputation as a transformational leader making Wigan a beacon of creativity for the whole public sector. Everyone at NLGN is extremely proud and excited that she will be bringing her insight to the increasingly close work we do with NLGN members as well as our thought leadership output. In particular, her experience of rethinking the relationship between the public sector and the community will be indispensable to our vision of transformation.”