Mary Ney has had a distinguished 40-year career in local government, culminating in her serving as CEO of the Royal Borough of Greenwich for 14 years during a period of major regeneration and service transformation in the borough, which won Council of the Year in 2013. She joined the Department of Communities and Local Government’s board as a non-executive director in October 2016 and continued in this role for the MHCLG Board from January 2018. Ney carried out the Review of the Governance and Transparency of LEPs ( known as the Ney Review), which was published in October 2017. In February 2015, Ney became one of five government commissioners at Rotherham metropolitan borough council, who assumed decision-making powers and were tasked with improving the council’s performance and helping rebuild the trust of local residents. Ney became lead commissioner in 2017 and oversaw the full restoration of powers back to the council in 2018.