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Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council

Became Oldham Council’s youngest-ever Leader on May 23, 2018, aged 28. 

Born at the Royal Oldham Hospital on January 10, 1990.

Attended South Failsworth and Failsworth schools. His father is a local bus driver and his mother used to work at Manchester City Council.

Has served the Failsworth West ward - where he lives with his girlfriend Sophie - since 2012. 

First came to prominence in 2012 when his lobbying led First Bus to slash fares by 30 per cent across Greater Manchester, benefitting thousands of people.

Jointly named the LGiU Young Councillor of the Year alongside fellow Assistant Cabinet Members Amanda Chadderton and Arooj Shah (who is now Deputy Leader) in 2013.

Member of the Labour Party, the Co-operative party and UNISON and he was re-elected to serve Failsworth West with an increased majority in local elections in May 2016.

Dr Carolyn Wilkins OBE

Carolyn is currently the Chief Executive at Oldham Council and the Accountable Officer for Oldham CCG. She has taken forward a significant programme of growth and reform through the Co-operative agenda.

She undertakes the lead chief executive role for Greater Manchester on a range of issues including being the architect for Greater Manchester Leadership and Workforce Development Framework as well as being the lead chief executive for Safer and Stronger Communities and Population Health. In addition, she is the Chair of the Oldham Maggie’s Fundraising Board and is currently a panel member on an independent inquiry into Civil Society.

She has significant public sector experience including time as a Chief Executive at Rossendale Borough Council where she led an improvement programme which saw the authority re-categorised from ‘poor’ to ‘good’, and rated in the top three councils to work for in Times Best Companies.

Carolyn is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She is a member of the MJ Editorial Board and was a member of the 2016 Guardian Public Leaders Board. Carolyn has held a wide range of other roles in her career including as a Non-Executive Director for Society of Local Authority Chief Executive (SOLACE), as governor at both Oldham and Accrington and Rossendale Colleges and as an Associate Fellow at Warwick Business School.

Carolyn has an MA in Literature with the Open University and a Masters in Public Administration from Warwick Business School. Her Doctorate in Business Administration focused on the relationship between trust and control in organisations during times of significant change.

Carolyn was awarded an OBE in June 2016 for her services to local government. In March 2017 she was selected for inclusion on the 2017 Northern Power Women Power List.