A new senior coroner for the Manchester North district, which covers Rochdale, Bury and Oldham, has been appointed. Joanne Kearsley, who is currently acting senior coroner for Manchester South, will take up her new role next spring. She will replace outgoing senior coroner Simon Nelson when he retires in May 2017. In 2009 Ms Kearsley was appointed Manchester South deputy (now area) coroner and has been acting senior coroner since July 2016.
The Chief Coroner wishes Joanne every success in her new role.