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BRADFORD MAKES TWO SENIOR APPOINTMENTS

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Bradford Council is continuing the restructure of its top management with the appointment of two new directors. ...
Bradford Council is continuing the restructure of its top management with the appointment of two new directors.
Next month Jane Glaister will become the first director of arts, leisure and heritage, alongside a number of new directors joining the council, including Vanda Rodgers, who took up her post as director of human resources this month.
Jane, will have a key role to play in helping develop Bradford's bid to become the Capital of Culture in 2008 as well as being responsible for a wide range of services across the district including libraries, galleries, museums, sports facilities, parks and cemeteries.
This includes such important Bradford focal points as the Alhambra Theatre, Cartwright Hall and the Richard Dunn Sports Centre, plus 30 libraries and 120 parks and recreation grounds. Jane will have responsibility for over 2,000 staff and a budget of£34 million.
Jane was born and brought up in Hull. She is currently strategic leader with responsibility for culture, leisure and lifelong learning with Rotherham Council.
In the past she has been assistant head of cultural services with Kirklees Council and assistant director of leisure services with Calderdale Council. She was recently elected national vice-president of the Museums Association and is adviser to the Yorkshire Cultural Consortium and national adviser to the Local Government Association.
She said: 'I am greatly looking forward to working in Bradford which has so much to offer, from its dynamic cultural mix, its breathtaking scenery and its numerous urban parks, to its museums, leisure facilities and heritage sites.
'Bradford's vision which places culture, in its broadest sense, at the heart of it's regeneration strategy and it's bid to become Capital of Culture in 2008 are very exciting and I hope that my particular strengths in cultural strategy development and the creative industries will help the district realise it's vision.'
Human resources director Vanda Rodgers is responsible for the introduction of best practice people management to enable Bradford Council's 23,000 employees across the district to deliver the best possible quality of services.
Vanda is an experienced human resources manager, a lay member of the Employment Tribunal, a specialist in employee relations, employment law and equality, and is experienced in change management and corporate negotiations.
She joins us from Sheffield City Council where she was principal personnel officer and has held several senior personnel posts within a range of council services.
She said: 'I am excited to be taking up this challenging role and hope my contribution will help in Bradford's continuing drive for improvement and excellence. This post is a great opportunity to be involved in the ongoing development of a great district.'
Ian Stewart, Bradford Council's chief executive, said: 'I'd like to welcome Jane and Vanda on behalf of the district of Bradford. They bring with them a wealth of experience and I'm sure they will have a positive effect on all of us.'
The arrival of the latest new directors means that the council's senior management restructure in now in its final stages.
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