Joanna Killian has been appointed as the UK market leader for local and regional government to KPMG’s Public Sector team. In her role she will interface with local government and provide advice to clients on organisational transformation.
Joanna Killian started her career in local government, working in housing and regeneration as an inspector, in the London boroughs of Redbridge, Tower Hamlets and Croydon, after finishing university in 1986. In 2005, she became the Director for Finance and Performance at Essex County Council, with her role extended to include Director for Policy, Resources and Performance three months into her new role. In 2006, she was appointed Chief Executive of the Council, leading a team of eight and focusing on delivering the council’s £450 million austerity savings programme over a period of four years and delivering improved services. A year later, in 2007, she took on the additional role of Chief Executive for Brentwood District Council.
In 2008, Killian was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration from Anglia Ruskin University.
Killian joins KPMG as the UK market leader for local and regional government. Her nearly 30 years’ experience in local government will help her lead KPMG’s relationship with the local government sector, as well as advise client on organisational transformation and work with their customers and citizens in more innovative ways. “Joanna is one of the most respected and innovative figures in UK local government. I am delighted that she has chosen to join our public sector business at KPMG. The combination of her experience and the capabilities of KPMG enable us to support local government bodies even better, and make a positive difference to the way these complex organisations operate,” comments Andrew Hine, Head of Public Sector and Healthcare at KPMG UK.
On joining KPMG, Killian says: “KPMG already delivers excellent work in local government and I am looking forward to working with the many talented people in the Firm to increase our impact with councils. I am delighted to be able to lead this work for KPMG, and help support councils to deliver the transformation and change they need to operate in the tough times ahead.”