Donna was appointed as Chair of PossAbilities in January 2021.
She was formerly Chief Executive of Wigan Council, and is currently Chair of the New Local Government Network and Bolton NHS Foundation Trust.
Donna has been described as a “public service pioneer” by the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham. She was awarded a CBE in 2009 for innovation in public service and was Transformational Leader in the Northern Powerwomen Awards 2017. She was CEO of Wigan Council for 8 years and developed The Wigan Deal – a new relationship with residents which delivered 160 million savings and improved services and resident satisfaction. She was also accountable officer for the CCG at Wigan. She created another social contract with residents while CEO at Chorley Council – The Chorley Smile.
She is now the chair of the innovative national think tank the New Local Government Network and the Chair of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. She was appointed as an Honorary Professor of Politics at the University of Manchester in August 2019 and is a Non Executive Adviser to Birmingham City Council. She is also an Integrated Care System Adviser to NHS England. Adopted as a child she is passionate about person-centred public services and communities.