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Roney's replacement at Wakefield revealed

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Merran McRae has been named as chief executive of Wakefield MBC, subject to full council confirmation.

Merran McRae Wakefield

Merran McRae

Merran McRae

She has been chief executive at Calderdale MBC since 2012 and before that held various director level posts at Kirklees MBC. She also spent six years as chief executive at Aire Valley Homes, one of Leeds City Council’s former arm’s-length housing management organisations.

Ms McRae will succeed Joanne Roney, who has held the position since 2008 and is moving to become chief executive role of Manchester City Council in April.

Wakefield’s leader Peter Box (Lab) said: “We were looking for someone with the strategic vision and leadership qualities to build on our success and play a pivotal role in the Leeds City Region and this is exactly what Merran brought to the table.

“As an experienced chief executive I am confident that she will be able to hit the ground running. Like us, she is passionate about making a difference and helping us to realise our ambitions for the district so that all residents benefit.”

Calderdale leader Tim Swift (Lab) said: “We’re fortunate in having a very experienced senior management team in place who will continue to provide strong leadership at the council. We are now putting in place the arrangements to recruit her successor.”


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