Congratulations on your OBE Alison


Wigan Council’s chief executive has been awarded an OBE in the King’s birthday honours list for services to local government.

Alison McKenzie-Folan was appointed to the top job in 2019 and has dedicated more than three decades to public services.

She started her career in the civil service, before joining the council in 2008. Under her leadership, the local authority won LGC Council of the Year 2019, iESE Council of the Year 2021 and Northern Power Women Large Organisation of the Year 2021.

As a member of Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Ms McKenzie-Folan is the lead officer for health and care, culture and the Greater Manchester Resilience Forum and is also the local place lead for health and care integration.

She said:

“I am delighted to receive this award and would like to dedicate this accolade to my amazing team. I am so lucky to be surrounded by such talented and dedicated officers and members who work tirelessly to deliver excellent public services on behalf of our residents.

Wigan borough is a truly special place where community means everything. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last few years as chief executive and have been fortunate enough to be involved in some incredible moments – too many to list.

“This award has only been possible because of the warmth and pride of the people who live and work within it. I am humbled and constantly in awe of their kindness and commitment. People make a place and there is no place like Wigan borough.”


Article courtesy of Wigan Today