|Wigan Welcomes Donna Hall
Wigan Council has made a new appointment to its slimmed-down senior management team.
Donna Hall, presently chief executive at neighbouring Chorley Council, will become Wigan’s Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Resources from August.
Bolton-born Donna, who is also chief executive at Wyre Council, was instrumental in transforming Chorley from a ‘fair’ council in 2004 to ‘excellent’ in 2008 and has been in the top role for the last six years.
Speaking about her appointment, Donna said: “Wigan is one of the largest and most successful metropolitan councils in the country so this is a fantastic opportunity and one I could not refuse.
“I am passionately committed to high quality public services and I look forward to getting stuck in to the monumental task at hand”.
Earlier this year she was awarded with a CBE for her services to local government and Chorley employees voted their council the best to work for in the annual Times survey.
Bolton-born and educated at Heywood school and Leeds University, Donna was previously Executive Director (Deputy Chief Executive) for five years at ‘excellent’-rated Blackburn-with-Darwen Borough Council. She acted as ‘strategic client’ for the council's 15 year Public/Private Partnership with Capita and led on the development of the local strategic partnership – one of the country’s first public service agreements nationally.
Council Leader Peter Smith said: “We are building a new team to take the borough forward and, noting her excellent work at Chorley, we think the borough’s residents and businesses will benefit from her undoubted skills.”
Joyce Redfearn, Chief Executive added: “I am looking forward to working with Donna. She forms an important part of the council’s top team and I am sure all staff will make her feel welcome to Wigan Council.”
Before joining Blackburn-with-Darwen, Donna was Strategy & Resources Manager at Salford City Council leading on regeneration strategy and policy.