Dr Carolyn Wilkins OBE


She undertakes the lead chief executive role for Greater Manchester on a range of issues including the Safe and Stronger Communities portfolio. She is the architect for the Greater Manchester Leadership and Workforce Development Framework, which aims to support the growth of a community of skilled and connected leaders from all sectors in the city region. She is the lead chief executive for Greater Manchester Population Health Board, overseeing the wellbeing and prevention agenda for the area. In addition, she sits on the Oldham Maggie’s Fundraising Board and is co-chair of the Greater Manchester Cancer Board. She was appointed to the NHS Assembly in March 2019.

She has significant public sector experience, and a long-time commitment to understanding public service delivery from different perspectives. This includes involvement in the Civil Society Future Inquiry and the Centre for Policing Research and Learning at the Open University.

Carolyn has a Masters in Literature from 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 and public service reform.

See our interview with Carolyn Wilkins on place-based leadership >