Joanne Roney OBE

Wakefield Metropolitan District Council

Joanne Roney’s dedication to public service started at a young age.

She joined Birmingham City Council as an apprentice at just 16 and has never looked back. She is now CEO of Wakefield Metropolitan District Council, a district with a population of 326,000, having taken up the post in 2008.

Born in a council house in Birmingham, Joanne has focused on housing and regeneration projects for the majority of her career. This dedication still holds true: she is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a member of the regional council for the Prince’s Trust. Prior to joining Wakefield Council, she was executive director of Neighbourhoods and Community Care at Sheffield City Council.

Despite the national and local economic contexts, Wakefield has seen the completion of major regeneration projects under Joanne’s tenure. These include: Trinity Walk Shopping Centre, the Hepworth Gallery, a railway station and a road network.

An ardent believer in teamwork, she is the chair of Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund, a partnership of seven Yorkshire local authorities that looks to foster economic, employment and environmental benefits for the region.

Committed just as much to self-improvement as she is to local regeneration projects, Joanne gained her MBA in public sector management at Birmingham University, where she studied part-time while holding down a full-time job.

She was awarded an OBE in 2009 for her services to local government.

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