Wakefield first Board Members

Joanne Roney OBE

Joanne Roney OBE is Chief Executive of Wakefield Council. She took up her post in July 2008. Wakefield is one of the five metropolitan districts in West Yorkshire with a population of around 322,415. The Council was rated as four star ‘excellent’ by the Audit Commission in 2009.

She is a member of Wakefield Together, the local services board and Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership. A passionate advocate for the importance of skills for local and regional economic development she is the lead Chief Executive in the Leeds City Region’s Employment and Skills Board.

During her time at Wakefield, Joanne has made progress with the regeneration of the district despite the economic recession and saved £30M over 3 years through major service changes and efficiencies. However, the Council still faces further significant financial challenges in the years ahead.

Prior to joining Wakefield Council, Joanne was Executive Director of Neighbourhoods and Community Care at Sheffield City Council (1999 – 2008) and was Director of Housing at Kirklees MBC. Joanne grew up in Birmingham, where she started a career in local government at Birmingham City Council, working her way from being an apprentice.

Joanne holds an MBA from the University of Birmingham, and is a Fellow of Chartered Institute of Housing, as well as a member of Regional Council for the Princes Trust.

In 2009 Joanne Roney was awarded an OBE for her services to local government.