Policy Board

Policy Spokesperson on Community Wellbeing

Joanne Roney OBE

Joanne Roney


Policy Spokesperson on Community Wellbeing

Joanne Roney
Chief Executive
Wakefield Council

The Policy Spokesperson on Community Wellbeing provides a lead on this policy area for the Society. They also lead the relevant Policy Network


Joanne started a career in Birmingham Council as an apprentice at 16, most of her career was spent in housing & regeneration.  She has worked for the voluntary sector, private sector and local government.  She was director of housing for Kirklees Council and was Executive Director Sheffield City Council with responsibility for housing, communities and adult care services.

In 2008 she became Chief Executive of Wakefield, Metropolitan District Council in West Yorkshire overseeing all Council services to a population of 327,000 residents.

As a member of Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board and West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Joanne is the lead Chief Executive for skills, and is overseeing the devolution of skills funding.

Nationally Joanne is a Board member of the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education & The Guardian Public Sector Leaders Board.

Joanne has an MBA from Birmingham University, she is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing (FCIH) a member of the Princes’ Trust and Royal Society of Arts (RSA).

Awarded an OBE in 2009 for services to local government.

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