Merran McRae was appointed as Chief Executive of Wakefield Council in June 2017.
Ms McRae was previously the Chief Executive at Calderdale Council, a position she held since 2012. She also held the positions of Director of Wellbeing and Communities and Director of Adult Social Care at Kirklees Council and before that spent six years as Chief Executive at Aire Valley Homes, a social housing company.
Merran has an MBA from Leeds University and is a qualified coach. She leads on skills issues for the West Yorkshire Council Chief Executives and is also on the Policy Board of Solace, the national organisation for Local Authority Chief Executives.