Dr Carolyn Wilkins OBE

Chief Executive

Oldham Council & Accountable Officer, NHS Oldham CCG

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Carolyn is currently the Chief Executive at Oldham Council and the Accountable Officer for Oldham CCG. She has taken forward a significant programme of growth and reform through the Co-operative agenda.

She undertakes the lead chief executive role for Greater Manchester on a range of issues including being the architect for Greater Manchester Leadership and Workforce Development Framework as well as being the lead chief executive for Population Health. In addition, she is the Chair of the Oldham Maggie’s Fundraising Board and is currently a panel member on an independent inquiry into Civil Society.

She has significant public sector experience including time as a Chief Executive at Rossendale Borough Council where she led an improvement programme which saw the authority re-categorised from ‘poor’ to ‘good’, and rated in the top three councils to work for in Times Best Companies.

Carolyn is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is a member of the MJ Editorial Board and was a member of the 2016 Guardian Public Leaders Board. Carolyn has held a wide range of other roles in her career including as a Non-Executive Director for Society of Local Authority Chief Executive (SOLACE), as governor at both Oldham and Accrington & Rossendale Colleges and as an Associate Fellow at Warwick Business School.

Carolyn has an MA in Literature with the Open University and a Masters in Public Administration from Warwick Business School.  Her Doctorate in Business Administration focused on the relationship between trust and control in organisations during times of significant change.

Carolyn was awarded an OBE in June 2016 for her services to local government. In March 2017 she was selected for inclusion on the 2017 Northern Power Women Power List.

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