Cllr Craig became Leader of Manchester City Council on 1st of December 2021. First elected in 2011 as a Burnage Councillor, she has held a range of responsibilities on Manchester City Council, including serving for four years as executive member for Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing, then as deputy leader overseeing resources, capital programmes, social value and digital.
Born and raised on a council estate just outside of Belfast, she was the first in her family to go to university, moving to Manchester in 2003 to study and made it her home. After graduating from University of Manchester she began here career in local Government before working in higher eucation and then as a national trade union leading on social care. Alongside working full time, Cllr Craig completed post graduate degrees at Warwick Business School and University of Manchester.
Since becoming leader her focus has been on Manchester's ambitious COVID recovery, the importance of building a more inclusive and sustainable economy, children and young people, equalities, housing and zero carbon. She holds a range of responsibilities on behalf of the city including the GM Work and Skills Portfolion for the Combined Authority and the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership.