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  • Writer's pictureAndrew Laird

Radical Reformers ep.10: Joanne Roney, Chief Executive, Manchester City

Updated: Oct 2, 2022

This episode is with Joanne Roney, the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council. It’s a fascinating discussion covering Manchester’s response to Covid-19 and the collective effort that will be needed from the city’s public services, businesses and communities to recover in a way that benefits everyone. This is particularly interesting in the context of Greater Manchester Joanne explains how the ten councils in GM work together with the elected Mayor and how that partnership has created resilience.

Joanne was only a few months into her tenure as Chief Executive when the Manchester Arena bombing occurred. We discuss the emotional and operational impact of this and how incredibly proud she is of how the city pulled together to deal with this terrible terrorist attack.

Manchester City Council is on the Times 100 top organisations to work for list. This is an incredible achievement and we talk about the cultural and organisational ingredients that were needed.

I was incredibly grateful to Joanne for giving up her time to do this podcast and for sharing her experiences and thoughts. I hope you enjoy it.


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