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NOTTINGHAM DIRECTOR GETS TOP GOVERNMENT OFFICE POST

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Nottingham City Council has paid tribute to Jane Todd, the council's director of ...
Nottingham City Council has paid tribute to Jane Todd, the council's director of

development and environmental services, who has been appointed director of the

Government Office East Midlands.

Council chief executive John Jackson said: 'Jane has done an excellent

job for Nottingham during her time with the city council. Her department has played a key role in many of the policies and projects that have confirmed Nottingham's place as a thriving European centre of vitality and economic vigour. She has worked with all sorts of people and groups in all areas to ensure that every community has the chance to share in the opportunities and prosperity. She has great vision for the future and has shown how that vision can become reality. We are very pleased she will be staying in the area. When she moves across to the government office she takes with her a lot of experience, great enthusiasm for Nottingham and for the East Midlands.'

Ms Todd became director of the city council's development department in July 1998 after being acting director for nine months. From 1995-97, as assistant chief executive (policy), she was responsible for managing the city's transition to unitary status which was achieved smoothly and without the recriminations between authorities experienced in some other cities.

Ms Todd joined the city council in 1985 as voluntary sector officer for the urban

programme with responsibility for developing many of the centres for the black

community - the Indian Centre, Hindu Temple, Marcus Garvey and the Pakistan Centre

as well as the Women's Centre.

A social policy graduate from Nottingham University, her first job was with

Nottinghamshire social services. She then lectured and tutored for Nottingham and

Nottingham Trent universities, teaching social studies to art students and doing outreach work with inner city communities.

In 1989 Ms Todd became manager of the city's urban programme, one of Nottingham's

first partnership initiatives involving public, private and voluntary sectors. She was involved in schemes such as Operation Clean-Up and providing workshops, training schemes and social schemes. She was appointed assistant chief executive (policy) with responsibility for the council's corporate policy including community safety, green policy, introducing area committees, regeneration bids such as SRB and Urban, anti-poverty strategy and developing local partnerships.

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