14 September 2012
Alumna steps down as Nottingham City Council Chief Executive
Nottingham City Council's Chief Executive, Jane Todd (Social Administration 1973), has announced she is stepping down from the role on health grounds after undergoing a major operation earlier this year.
According to a Nottingham City Council press release, Jane has spent the last six months recovering from an operation to remove an Acoustic Neuroma, a benign tumour affecting the aural nerve in the brain. She has been making good progress but has decided that, in order to continue her recovery, the time is right to step down from one of the city's highest profile jobs.
A long term resident of the city, graduate of the University and Alumni Laureate Award winner, Jane returned to the City Council to become its first woman Chief Executive in May 2008.
The press release goes on:
“Her time as Chief Executive has seen a period of major change and achievement for the Council and the City:
- overall satisfaction with the Council has gone up from 47% in 2008 to 68% in 2011;
- work has begun on lines 2 and 3 of the tram and major improvements to the train station;
- educational attainment in schools has continued to improve year on year;
- effective partnership working with Notts Police has contributed to major reductions in crime;
- a huge improvement in the Council's Safeguarding and Looked after Children services, which are now judged by Ofsted as good.
- the Council has moved from several city centre locations to a new, single HQ at Loxley House.
“Jane has also been instrumental in the establishment of the Women in Nottingham network which promotes the influence of women at all levels and in all aspects of city life.
“During an earlier period at the Council, she had held the posts of Assistant Chief Executive and Director of Development and Environmental Services before leaving the authority to take up the role of Regional Director of the Government Office East Midlands. While at GOEM, she was responsible for a £480m budget and oversaw the implementation of Local Area Agreements across the East Midlands, European programmes and took the regional lead on Home Office issues such as crime, drugs and justice.
“Her last appointment before returning to the City Council took her to Whitehall as Transformation Director for the Government Office Network, chairing a transformation board of nine regional directors and taking responsibility for a programme budget of £7.5bn.
"I have always been totally committed to Nottingham, and feel truly privileged to have been able lead the Council as its Chief Executive for the past 4 years," said Jane. "It has meant a lot to me to have been the first woman Chief Executive and to hold that position in my home town where I have brought up my family and where they all still live.
"I can hardly believe that my career has now spanned 40 years. I have been lucky to work at all levels. My first job was as a community worker and I have never forgotten what it is like to be on the frontline and intend to return to my roots now that my role at the Council has come to an end.
"I believe that my experience of working locally, regionally and nationally has really benefited the City. I am extremely proud of the strong partnerships and relationships that have been built over the years, and the way in which all the key agencies and communities have come to together to set out a clear and ambitious plan and vision for Nottingham, which is more important than ever in these difficult economic times.
"I still have a lot of enthusiasm and drive, and I intend to keep on contributing to the City as I get stronger and, as hopefully, my health continues to improve.
"I want to thank everyone I have worked with over these great years, and for all the support I have received since my operation."
City Council Leader, Jon Collins, said: "Jane has been everything a Chief Executive should be. She appreciates and understands Nottingham and what's important to local people and has absolute commitment to the city which has enabled her to be a great advocate.
"Jane has always demonstrated great integrity and professionalism throughout her career. She's very much a team player who understands the importance of building relationships and working in partnership with the private, public and voluntary sectors. She also understands the importance, in a democratic organisation, of ensuring the policies for which people have voted are effectively implemented."
"It's disappointing for Jane and the Council that she has felt the need to step down but I fully understand and support her decision. I'm sure councillors across all parties would agree that the Council has been fortunate to have Jane as Chief Executive over the past four years."
Councillor Georgina Culley, Leader of the Opposition Group at the City Council, said: "I'm sorry that Jane has made the decision on health grounds to step down but I appreciate the commitment she has shown to her home city and her hard work to benefit the people of Nottingham at all levels.
"Jane has always shown professionalism in her career at the City Council and at national government. While working for the Council, we have found her helpful, as the Opposition Group, in a number of matters."
Sir Peter Housden, Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government, previously Permanent Secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government, said: "Jane has made a significant contribution at national level, initially as Director of the Regional Office for the East Midlands and subsequently in Whitehall at Communities and Local Government. Her ability to span strategic and local issues, to build consensus and inject personal warmth and energy into the toughest of situations was extraordinary. My very best wishes go to Jane with huge admiration for all she has achieved."
Sir John Peace, Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, said: "Jane has been a truly excellent Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council. I would like to thank Jane for her unwavering commitment to Nottingham, and I wish her all the very best for the future"
Carole Mills-Evans, the Council's Deputy Chief Executive and Corporate Director for Resources, has been Acting Chief Executive for the last six months in Jane's absence and will continue in this role while the Council finalises the process for making a permanent appointment.
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