MIL-OSI United Kingdom: Interim Chief Exec arrangements announced for Manchester City Council

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Source: City of Manchester

The Council has announced details of interim arrangements which will be put in place while a new permanent chief executive is recruited.

Eamonn Boylan OBE will take up the role of interim chief executive from the end of August, supporting the Council’s Senior Management Team and ensuring a smooth transition while the process to select and appoint the new chief executive is completed. 

Current Chief Executive Joanne Roney CBE announced last month that she will step down from the role, taking up the newly-created post of managing director at Birmingham City Council.  

Eamonn has a long and respected career in local government spanning more than 42 years, including as Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) – a post he held since 2017 before stepping down earlier this year. He previously held a range of senior positions including deputy Chief Executive at Manchester City Council and in Sheffield, as well as taking up roles as Chief Executive of Stockport Metropolitan Council and Deputy Chief Executive of the National Housing Agency, now Homes England.  

The process to appoint a new Chief Executive for Manchester City Council is underway. 

Eamonn Boylan OBE said:  

“Manchester was a happy home for me for many years and as one of the most exciting cities and local authorities in the country, it’s a proud moment to come back to my old stomping ground and help lead this wonderful city.  

“Manchester and Greater Manchester have been where I’ve spent the best years of my local government career – most recently at GMCA – and given I had always envisaged continuing to be part of local government after announcing my retirement, the opportunity to take up the interim Chief Executive role in Manchester was too good to miss.”  

Cllr Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council, said:  

“Eamonn has a proven leadership in key government roles both locally and nationally, and has the experience and insight to step into this interim role and ensure a seamless transition while we recruit a new permanent chief executive. He garners huge respect in both local and national government circles and has an intimate knowledge of our city and region – as well as a genuine love for our city that will steer us through the coming months. 

“That process is getting underway. We believe that the role of chief executive at Manchester City Council is the best job in local government – at the heart of this ambitious council and this world-class city. We look forward to appointing a long-term chief executive, to help us achieve growth that benefits everyone while delivering good quality day-to-day services.” 

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