Joanne has been the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council since April 2017. During this time, she has dealt with a number of unprecedented events. This includes the Manchester Arena Bombing and the Covid-19 pandemic.
Joanne is the Lead Chief Executive for skills across Greater Manchester. Her extensive public sector experience cover economic growth, housing, and local government. Joanne is currently driving the Council through changes to the Health and Social Care sector.
Since 2020, Joanne has been President of the Society for Chief Executives (SOLACE). She was awarded the OBE for services to local government in 2009.