Council appoints temporary leader.

Manchester City Council has recently made an exciting announcement regarding the appointment of an interim Chief Executive, following the departure of current Chief, Joanne Roney CBE.

Joanne Roney will be stepping down from her role to take up the Managing Director position at Birmingham City Council. In her place, Eamonn Boylan OBE will be assuming the role of interim Chief Executive starting from the end of August.

Boylan brings with him a wealth of experience in local government, spanning over 42 years. He has previously served as Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Transport for Greater Manchester. Additionally, Boylan has held various senior positions in notable organisations such as Sheffield City Council, Stockport Metropolitan Council, and the National Housing Agency (now Homes England).

Expressing his thoughts on his new appointment, Boylan stated:

“Manchester holds a special place in my heart, and returning to this vibrant city as interim Chief Executive is a great honour. I have dedicated a significant portion of my career to serving Manchester and Greater Manchester, most recently at GMCA. Given my passion for local government and commitment to public service, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to lead this wonderful city once again.”

Boylan’s appointment is interim, as the council initiates the process of selecting a permanent Chief Executive.

City Council Leader, Cllr Bev Craig, praised Boylan’s leadership qualities and experience in various government roles, both locally and nationally. She highlighted his deep understanding of Manchester and the surrounding region, as well as his genuine affection for the city, which will guide the council during the transition period.

Cllr Craig commented:

“We are commencing the process of hiring a long-term Chief Executive for Manchester City Council, a position that we believe is the pinnacle of local government. This role is pivotal in driving the council’s ambitious agenda and ensuring the delivery of high-quality services to our residents.”

As Manchester City Council prepares for this transition, the appointment of Eamonn Boylan signals a new chapter for the council and the city as a whole. The council anticipates continued growth and development under Boylan’s leadership, setting the stage for a bright future for Manchester.


Image credit: iStock and Manchester City Council

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