Paul Marshall, Manchester City Council, p Manchester City Council

Paul Marshall was previously Manchester City Council's strategic director of children and education services. Credit: via Manchester City Council

Manchester appoints deputy chief executive

Paul Marshall replaces Carol Culley in the role. Culley stepped down in January after 23 years with the city council.

Marshall has been with Manchester City Council since 2016 as its strategic director of children and education services. Sean McKendrick, the current deputy director of children’s services, will serve as an interim replacement for Marshall until a successor is named.

Marshall has 30 years of experience in working at councils, having held positions at Halton Council, Lancashire County Council, Knowsley Council, Birmingham City Council, and Rochdale Council.

As deputy chief executive of Manchester City Council, Marshall will lead the local authority’s zero carbon policy, its digital strategy, and its corporate services. Marshall, who is a veteran after serving with the Royal Artillery, will also be the city council’s armed forces lead.

“I am incredibly privileged to have worked for the council for so many years and am truly proud to be taking up this new role as deputy chief executive,” Marshall said.

“In my time as Manchester’s director of children services, I have met some truly exceptional people, dedicated to challenging inequality, improving the lives and experiences of children, who together are committed to building a safe, happy, healthy, and successful future for the city’s children,” he continued.

“I believe that there is huge potential in Manchester that if harnessed, will provide significant benefits for everyone who calls it home. I am now eager to take up a new challenge and play my part in realising this ambition.”

Reflecting on Marshall’s appointment, the city council’s chief executive, Joanne Roney, said: “Paul has shown through his years as director of children’s services what an asset he is to our organisation and why he was the right choice to take up the vacant deputy chief executive position.

“He has shown his ability to make a positive change on a vital council service, as well as demonstrate the long-term strategic view which is essential to drive the growth and future success of the council and the city,” she continued.

“I have no doubt Paul will excel in his new role.”

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