Joanna Killian

Joanna Killian

Partner, Head of Local Government

KPMG in the UK

Joanna is a Partner in the infrastructure, government and healthcare practice at KPMG in the UK.

Joanna leads KPMG’s relationships with local and regional government, advising clients on how they can transform their organisations, and work more innovatively with their customers and citizens.

Joanna and her teams are working on some innovative devolution and public service reform programmes in Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and in the South West. Joanna has been working with top teams to rethink their strategic ambition and agree new approaches to address the challenges and opportunities that the public sector faces, most recently with a county council, as well as a group of health organisations.

Joanna has more than 30 years experience in the public sector and has deep experience in delivering transformational change, cost reduction and service improvement. She has expertise in achieving improved outcomes through partnerships as well as across public sector systems. She has worked on leadership, governance and corporate reform programmes and is skilled in working in complex political systems.

Joanna joined KPMG in 2015 from Essex County Council, where she was the Chief Executive for nearly 9 years. She is known for her innovative approach to public sector reform and as CEO she implemented, for example, the first social impact bond in local government; developed a community budgets approach to public service delivery; as well as designing creative models to achieve community resilience and social value.

Joanna started her career in social housing and regeneration has deep knowledge and expertise in these fields.

Areas of expertise
Government and Public Sector Healthcare regulatory compliance IT Management IT infrastructure Local or Municipal Government Operating Effectiveness Public Policy and Regulatory Change
Education and qualifications
  • MBA

  • BSc, Social Science politics and geography from Keele University

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