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BIRMINGHAM APPOINTS FIRST LOCAL BOSSES

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Birmingham's first four constituency directors have been appointed to ...
Birmingham's first four constituency directors have been appointed to

implement the City's plan to devolve cash and control to local people.

Ifor Jones, Constituency Director of Northfield

Mr Jones is currently head of community involvement at Dacorum BC.

He has spent all of his career in local government,

joining the GLC/LRB in 1984, moving to Southwark in 1987 and Tower Hamlets

in 1989 before returning to Southwark in 1991, becoming policy &

communications manager in 1998. He then spent two years at Brent (2000

-2002) as head of consultation.

Rob James, Constituency Director of Hodge Hill

Mr James joined Birmingham City Council in 1973 and has held various positions

in the field of 'environmental services' and waste management. Rob is

currently head of waste management for the city and has overall

responsibility for managing the city's recycling and waste disposal

activities and plays a leading role in the city's waste collection

arrangements. He is also currently involved in the council's scrutiny

committee arrangements.

Jacqueline Branch, Constituency Director of Ladywood

Ms Branch is currently director of strategy and review with Redditch BC.

As a corporate director with the council since February 2000, she

was responsible for the delivery of services on a localised basis until

July 2002 when she took up her current role. Ms Branch began her career in

local government at Birmingham in 1984 working in various departments until 1990 when she took up a position with West Midlands probation service as employment and training development manager. She left this position to move to Redditch in 1997

where she worked as a regeneration and employment initiatives manager prior

to becoming a corporate director.

Jan Kimber, Constituency Director of Perry Barr

Ms Kimber began her career as a research fellow first at the University of North

London, then at Brunel University. In 1995 she then joi ned Crime Concern,

first as Hackney Safer Cities Co-ordinator and then as a senior consultant

before going to Suffolk Probation Service in 1999 as assistant chief

probation officer (community safety). She then moved to Suffolk CC in 2000 where she is currently community safety co-ordinator.

Mick Rice, cabinet member for local services and community safety, said: 'Birmingham's devolution project is based around the constituencies, so the new directors are the key to realising our vision of local services shaped and driven by local people. We hope that the remaining seven directors will be appointed very early in the new year.'

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