As assistant chief executive at Manchester City Council, Binks leads on policy, strategy, performance and reform, as well as directly supporting and deputising for the chief executive. He leads Manchester’s work on public service reform, which means developing whole-person services with partner organisations based on evidence of what works. He worked on the Greater Manchester devolution agreements with the government in the 2010s including the £450m transformation fund investment in health and social care. From 2006-2011 he was a senior adviser at HM Treasury where he led the Total Place whole-area approach to public services and advised ministers on a range of programmes.