The chief executive of Wigan Council, Donna Hall CBE, has announced she is to retire next year after eight years at the helm. Ms Hall joined Wigan in 2011 initially as deputy chief executive before taking on the top role six months later. During her time at the local authority, she has won national acclaim with bold reforms and the forging of ‘The Deal’ partnership model of local government. She has also been a leading national voice in local government and has played a key role as part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. ‘The last eight years have been the best of my working life,’ said Ms Hall. ‘I have really loved working with all 5,000 of our hard-working, compassionate, amazing staff who have all pulled together despite the cuts to deliver the best possible services for our residents,’ she added. ‘It is a really difficult decision to make … (To read the full article, subscribe below)

Jamie Hailstone

Senior reporter – NewStart