Joanne Roney

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Joanne Roney
upright=Roney in 2017
Chief executive
for Manchester City Council
Assumed office
1 April 2017
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterTheresa May
Preceded byHoward Bernstein
Chief executive
for Wakefield Metropolitan District Council
In office
July 2008 – March 2017
Personal details
Born (1961-09-13) 13 September 1961 (age 57)
Shard End, Birmingham, England
Relatives3 brothers, 2 Sisters
Alma materBirmingham University

Joanne Roney OBE (born September 1961, Shard End, Birmingham) is the current Chief executive for Manchester City Council.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

Roney was born in September 1961[3] and grew up on a council estate in Shard End, Birmingham.[4]


Roney was an apprentice at 16 with Birmingham City Council's housing department. She later went on to become Director of Housing for Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council, West Yorkshire. She then worked for 10 years as Sheffield City Council's Executive Director of housing and community care where she was involved in the regeneration of Park Hill estate by Urban Splash.[5] Whilst working her way through the ranks she studied part-time at Birmingham University and gained an MBA in public sector management.[4]

Roney became Chief executive for Wakefield Metropolitan District Council in July 2008.[6] In 2009 the Anglo Irish Bank, which was funding half of the £200 million need for Trinity Walk shopping centre, Wakefield, collapsed and the developer, Modus, went into administration[7]. Roney devised a rescue package of new finance and in 2010, the scheme was sold to a consortium (Sovereign Land, AREA Property Partners and Shepherd Construction).[8] Roney also helped the council to create its own housing company, Bridge Homes, in joint partnership with WDH construction in 2014.[8] Roney also oversaw the construction and opening of the Hepworth Wakefield Gallery[9].

Roney took up her position as chief executive of Manchester City Council in April 2017.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Roney has three brothers and two sisters.[4] Both parents are deceased. She is a fan of Birmingham City F.C.[5] and Star Wars.[4] She also owns a rescue cat, Tiger.[8]



  1. ^ a b Fitzgerald, Todd (2 December 2016). "The woman who will replace Sir Howard Bernstein as chief executive of Manchester council is revealed". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  2. ^ Bernstein, Howard (guest); Warhurst, Nina (presenter) (31 March 2017). "Interview with Howard Bernstein". BBC North West Tonight. Event occurs at 18.30. BBC North West.
  3. ^ "About MS JOANNE RONEY". Company Check. Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d Tyler, Jane (16 July 2009). "Joanne Roney's remarkable path from a council house to Buckingham Palace". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b Middleton-Pugh, Jessica (2 December 2016). "What we know about Joanne Roney". Place North West. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  6. ^ Staff writer (2 December 2016). "Wakefield council chief executive set for new role in Manchester". Wakefield Express. Johnston Press. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  7. ^ "EGi – News Article – Joanne Roney: Manchester City Council's new chief executive". EGi. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  8. ^ a b c d Clarence-Smith, Louisa (16 January 2017). "Joanne Roney: Manchester City Council's new chief executive". Estates Gazette. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  9. ^ Roney, Joanne. "My regeneration experience will stand me in good stead at Manchester council". Property Week. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
  10. ^ "No. 58929". The London Gazette. 31 December 2008. p. 12.

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