Professor Donna Hall CBE


Donna has been described as a “public service pioneer” by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham when she was his lead for Public Service Reform in the City Region. She was awarded a CBE for innovation in public service for her role in the national “Tell Us Once” bereavement project with DWP.

Donna's background is predominantly in local government, although she has worked in the voluntary and private sectors as well as being an NHS Chair. She was Chief Executive of Wigan Council for eight years and with her team developed The Wigan Deal. She created another social contract with citizens whilst Chief Executive at Chorley Council – The Chorley Smile. 

For the last five years she has chaired the think tank New Local – promoting a new Community Paradigm and working with a network of seventy local authorities to explore shifting power to communities. She was appointed Hon Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester and is an integrated care system advisor to NHS England working with 42 health and care systems.  

She is also a non-executive advisor to Carnall Farrar, CIPFA CCo and Mutual Ventures Limited and Chair of innovative social care enterprise PossAbilities supporting people with learning disabilities live their best lives.