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Tributes paid to former LGA finance chief

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Former LGA finance and resources director Stephen Jones has died.

Mr Jones joined the LGA in January 2007 after a 30-year career in HM Revenue and Customs, and played a key role in recovering hundreds of millions of pounds for councils after the Icelandic banking collapse in 2008. He retired at the end of 2012.

LGA chair Gary Porter (Con) said Mr Jones had been “highly respected by politicians and officers alike”.

He added: “His passing is deeply sad for all of us who had the pleasure of working with him. He will always be remembered as the man who went to ‘Iceland’ and saved our country millions.

“Local government has a lot to thank Stephen for and he will be missed by all.”

Peter Stuart, president of the Society of District Council Treasurers, said: “Stephen was a hard-working, erudite and professional colleague to the society and his advice and insight was greatly missed upon his retirement. 

“We were all very saddened to hear of his passing, the more so because he had spoken of his enthusiasm to leave the world of work and have more time to spend on family and pastimes. 

“Our thoughts are with his family and the society will be making a donation to the Woking Hospice.”

On Twitter Rob Whiteman, chief executive of the Chartered Institute for Public Finance & Accountancy, described Mr Jones as a “consummate professional…who mastered local government finance; family man and fine musician.”

Former LGA chair David Sparks (Lab) said: “Stephen was a rare person who combined unrivalled experience with an incredible intellect. He was ‘brains on wheels’ and he did a great job.”

Pete Moore, secretary of the Society of County Treasurers, said “Stephen’s passing is a sad occasion for us all.  He was a regular attender at SCT meetings, providing both good information and excellent advice.  He worked very hard on behalf of the whole local government community, including on complex issues such as the Icelandic banking crisis. 

“He brought not only a highly professional approach but also a sense of humour and will be greatly missed.”

Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend a memorial service for Mr Jones, which will be held at 2.30pm on 24 August at St John’s Church, Church Road, Woking, Surrey GU21 7QN

Donations may be made to: Woking Hospice, Hill View Road, Woking GU22 7HW


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