Alison McKenzie-Folan

  • Breathing new life into a cultural jewel

    17 January 2024

    The power of culture is transforming a much-loved historic hall in Wigan. Once completed its impact will be profound in addressing deep-rooted inequalities, says Alison Mckenzie-Folan


  • Shaping a new era for Wigan Council

    03 February 2023

    The Wigan Deal is a movement for change that rewrote the rules, says the council's chief executive Alison McKenzie-Folan.


  • Turbo-charging our digital economy through inclusion

    10 October 2022

    As the 2022 Solace Summit in Birmingham draws closer, Alison McKenzie-Folan says it is crucial the Government does not lose sight of digital inclusion as it goes for growth.


  • Cheering a public health champion

    08 August 2022

    Professor Kate Ardern has retired after a stellar career in local government public health. Alison McKenzie-Folan pays tribute to her achievements, including her work on the Wigan Deal and the pandemic response.


  • Helping staff speak up on gambling

    13 October 2020

    Wigan MBC is the first local authority in the country to sign a charter pledging to support employees struggling with gambling. Alison Mckenzie-Folan explains why the council is leading the way.


  • Light at the end of the uncertainty

    28 July 2020

    Alison McKenzie-Folan describes how Wigan and Greater Manchester are sustaining arts and culture through a crisis, and says it’s imperative Government funding supplements this local and regional support.


  • Place-based principles’ critical response is working

    01 April 2020

    Alison Mckenzie-Folan explains how Wigan’s place-based model of integrated public service delivery, based around seven ‘footprints’ each with their own ‘healthy networks’, has been used to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.


  • Wigan’s next chapter

    23 October 2019

    The success of Wigan MBC’s 2013 Deal has prompted the council go one step further with Deal 2030. Alison McKenzie-Folan explains.


  • Wigan’s fire within

    05 June 2019

    A year ago, Wigan MBC commissioned its new cultural strategy. Alison McKenzie-Folan, explains how the arts are helping ignite excitement and spark creativity in the town.