Jane Todd, Chair of One Nottingham is an inspirational figure in Nottingham with a national reputation.
Jane was the first woman to take the role of Chief Executive at Nottingham City Council, having previously worked at a regional level as Regional Director at Government Office for the East Midlands, and at a national level as Transformation Director for the Government Office Network. Whilst Jane was Regional Director she also sat on the Department for Communities and Local Government Board. Under her stewardship as Chief Executive, Nottingham City Council moved its HQ to a single site, something which had been talked about for almost 20 years.
Jane has now taken on a new challenge as the Chair of One Nottingham, the strategic partnership for Nottingham, that brings together public, private, voluntary and community sector organisations to champion a long term vision for Nottingham and tackle disadvantage. Alongside this Jane is the Independent Chair of Small Steps, Big Changes, which is led by Nottingham CityCare Partnership, and the Chair of Opportunity Nottingham, led by Framework Housing Association two major Big Lottery Fund programmes taking place in the city.
Jane has been a leading light in the women’s movement and has always encouraged women to aspire to positions of influence. Jane established the Women in Nottingham network during her position as Chief Executive in 2010. This was established to bring together the extraordinary number of influential women leaders in the city, at the time, including the Nottinghamshire Police Chief Constable, Coroner, Chief Crown Prosecutor and a number of senior females in the business sector. Jane’s heart has always been in Nottingham; she began her working life as a social worker in the City. In 2013 Jane was awarded the honour of an OBE for her contribution to Nottingham. She is also an Honorary Doctorate at the University of Nottingham and a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire.
Nottingham has always been her home, and whilst working full time as a senior officer in the Council she was also committed to family life, having 3 children, including an adopted child and serving as a foster parent for many years. Her record of achievement at Nottingham City Council, in her wider career and in her home life is exemplary, meriting the high regard in which she is held both locally and nationally.
Currently Leader of Nottingham City Council, Jon Collins has been a Councillor of St. Ann’s, an inner city ward, in Nottingham since 1987.
During this time he has served as Chair of the Community Development Committee, seven years as Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Education and Work.
Jon has been Leader of Nottingham City Council since 2003, has been a One Nottingham Board member since its inception in 2005 and is a previous Chair of One Nottingham. He is committed to encouraging strong partnership working in the city. Jon also chairs the East Midlands Councils, a forum for local government in the East Midlands; the Renewal Trust, a local community development trust and the Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership Board, a partnership with the aim of tackling Crime, Drugs and Anti-Social Behaviour issues. He is also Vice Chair of Core Cities, a cross party group of 10 cities, which aim to enhance their economic performance and make them better places to live, work, and do business.
Jon was previously a Board Member on the City’s Primary Care Trust, the Learning and Skills Council and the Greater Nottingham Partnership Forum. He has also chaired the Nottinghamshire Police Authority and was a Board Member of the East Midlands Development Agency.
Prior to undertaking his current role as Leader), Jon completed an MBA in Public Services, and worked as an Urban Regeneration Consultant and Housing Development Officer.
Professor Cecile Wright is the Voluntary and Community Sector (BME) Advocate to the One Nottingham Board.
Cecile graduated from the University of Nottingham in the 1980s. Following a year as a Research Assistant for Social Services in Derby, she secured an Economic and Social Research Council scholarship to undertake a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) at the University of Keele.
Cecile has worked at the universities of Sheffield and Leicester. In 1993 she joined Nottingham Trent University – and was awarded a personal chair in Sociology in 1999 and became the first black, female Professor in the East Midlands. She left Nottingham Trent in 2012 and is currently Visiting Fellow, Centre for Advanced Studies/ Honorary Associate Professor School of Sociology and Social Work and Professorial Fellow, Institute of Mental Health at the University of Nottingham.
Throughout her academic career she has undertaken research relating to the Black and Minority Ethnic community, and the employment and education of young black people.
Both as a student, and an employee in Nottingham, Cecile has been actively engaged with the local voluntary sector. She is currently the Chair of Nottingham Equal, a Trustee of the Positive Training and Recruitment Agency in ACDA (PATRA) and Co-Chair of the Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Black and Ethnic Minority Steering Group.
As the BME Advocate for the Voluntary Sector on the One Nottingham Board, Cecile endeavours to ensure that the voice of the BME voluntary sector is not only heard, but its contribution to the life of the city is recognised.
Within Nottingham there is underrepresentation of Black women in senior positions across all sectors. As result of this, Cecile passionately supports the need for concerted efforts to be made to address the underrepresentation and retention of black women across all sectors.
Andrew Redfern is the General Voluntary and Community Sector Advocate on the One Nottingham Board, having spent most of his working life with charities and voluntary organisations.
He was born in Wirksworth, Derbyshire and now lives in Matlock with his wife and three children. He is a practising Christian, a lover of sport (especially cricket), and an intermittent gardener.
As Chief Executive of Framework Housing Association, Andrew is strongly committed to the social inclusion of homeless and other vulnerable people, including those with high and complex needs. He hopes that through his membership of the One Nottingham Board, he can help to build relationships with statutory and other partners that will deliver this.
Andrew is also an advocate for the voluntary sector, in all its diversity, as an important part of the social fabric. He strongly believes that by reaching and engaging with people and communities outside the mainstream, its role in speaking truth to power, and as a voice for the voiceless, is crucial.
Andrew sees One Nottingham as having an important part in bringing together people from all areas of the city’s life, to make it a dynamic, prosperous and caring place. He hopes he can bring his experience, values and such insights as he may have, to assist the development of a great city, in the interests of all its people.
Audra Wynter is a business sector member of the One Nottingham Board.
Audra is a professional and dedicated individual with over 25 years’ experience within the field of accountancy; enterprise; taxation; business development and support; business training and coaching; property development and management; learning and development of entrepreneurs and board members.
She has a background of working and training within the private sector, including large accountancy practice Price Waterhouse Coopers, at the same time being actively involved in the local community.
Audra is currently the owner and Managing Director of Wyntax Consultancy Services accountancy and tax practice, providing services to individuals and small medium sized enterprises across the East Midlands. Audra is also the lead Director for specialist tax services, offered to other professionals and accountancy practices across the UK.
Being entrepreneurial by nature, Audra has a number of business and property interests.
Audra is the founder director of:-
Sherwood Enterprise Centre, a commercially run business development hub supported by business professionals across a number of disciplines. Audra has also worked with social enterprise businesses, and has established a long standing reputation for providing an excellent service within this sector.
Wynspire Limited, a business providing accommodation and support services for young people transitioning to independent living and intervention services, for young people and families at the edge of care.
Audra also serves as a Board Member of Nottingham Community and Framework Housing Providers. She was also the former Chairperson for Tuntum Housing Association; the only and most successful Independent BME led Housing Association in the East Midlands.
Audra was very proud and honoured to be awarded with a prestigious Business Woman of Year for the East Midlands in 2008. This was in recognition of her professional, business and community development work.
Mike Khouri–Bent is a business sector member of the One Nottingham Board.
He is an entrepreneur, and until recently was Co-Owner and Corporate Director of Care Standards Pathway Care Solutions, East Midlands.
Mike’s background is in housing. He is a member of the Boards of Nottingham City Homes and Nottingham Community Housing Association, Vice Chair of Tuntum Housing Association, and is a trustee for the Young Creative Awards.
Previously Mike chaired the Nottingham Hostel’s Liaison Group and Nottingham People’s Housing Association. He has experience with the Housing Corporation [now Homes & Communities Agency], where he served as the Investment Lead for the East Midland’s Region and lead regional coordinator for the Teenage Pregnancy Initiative and the BME Housing Strategy. Whilst with the Housing Corporation, he developed a sound understanding of strategic capital & revenue, investment, regulation, Inspection and financial appraisal.
Mike has over 25 years’ experience of middle to senior management. In 1994 Mike won the housing profession’s national Malcolm Magee Memorial Award.
Mike also has experience of service planning and review, operational and strategic planning, the mechanics of Local and Central Government and working within political and performance-driven environments. He has many years direct business management experience; and previously co-owned a medium sized, Nottingham-based, regional enterprise which employs around 200 people across Nottingham, and Yorkshire and Humberside. In this role he hosted a number of Nottingham City apprentices and NTU/Hallam University social work students, and employed a significant number of Nottingham people.
Mike’s other interests include reading, psychology, politics, resistance sports and travelling.
David Tilly from Geldards, is another of the business representatives on the One Nottingham Board.
He is a corporate lawyer (working with Geldards LLP whose offices are at The Arc at NG2) and a business adviser. He has lived with his family in Mapperley Park for 20 years, having chosen to move to Nottingham after training and working in the City of London.
David’s business and legal work involves advice and assistance to entrepreneurs, family owned companies and international corporations. Many of these have businesses in Nottingham and the East Midlands and he works closely with other professionals in the city. David recognises it is important for his own firm, and its clients that Nottingham is seen as a leading city and regional centre for professional services. That means it needs to be confident and capable, an attractive place to live and work, so it can retain talented graduates and attract the best people looking to relocate.
David believes it is essential to have positive partnership working in place: Nottingham needs to be a place where business believes it can succeed and prosper. We all need to take some shared responsibility for ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to share in growth. David also believes that although we face some serious challenges in Nottingham, not least in addressing underachievement in some of our schools, there is much to be proud of. We have a strong cultural offering, a vibrant music scene and a developing Creative Quarter.
David passionately believes in the value and importance of culture and the arts and has worked with both Nottingham Playhouse and Nottingham Contemporary (which he had the privilege of chairing). He previously enjoyed helping Central College Nottingham to judge the photography category in 2015’s Young Creative Awards, a welcome change from reading legal agreements, and is now a Trustee of the Young Creative Awards.
David also sits on the boards of Nottingham’s Bromley House library and a number of private companies.
Doctor Hugh Porter is one of the Public Sector representatives on the One Nottingham Board.
He is the Health sector representative and the Clinical Lead and Chair of the Governing Body of the Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group. Hugh also works as a GP in the city.
After a childhood living in Hull, Hugh went to Leicester University and qualified in medicine in 1987. He then moved to Nottingham to complete his postgraduate training as a Doctor. After spending 3 years working both at the QMC and City hospitals, as well as in general practice within the City, Hugh decided to head abroad and spent some time working in Australia.
He returned in 1992 and took up his current clinical role at the University of Nottingham Health Service in 1993. In 2006, with changes to the NHS, Hugh became involved in a scheme called practice based commissioning. He was passionate about service provision to the young population within the city and felt as a frontline clinician he needed to support the development of local services. Gradually he developed an increasing interest and expertise in health systems and the commissioning of health services, and with the further NHS changes announced in 2010, helped form NHS Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group. Hugh was delighted to be elected chair of this new organisation in 2011.
Hugh’s work in this field has led him to understand that health is so much wider than simply preventing or treating disease. Housing, education and employment for example, are critical determinants of health. So he see’s being part of One Nottingham as hugely important, as he wants Nottingham to be a successful, dynamic and vibrant city that will help deliver better health for our Citizens.
Ian Curryer is the Chief Executive of Nottingham City Council and has lived, studied and worked in Nottingham for over 30 years.
His background is in education, having trained as a teacher at Nottingham Trent University and spent 12 years as a teacher and head teacher in the City’s primary schools.
Ian joined Nottingham City Council in 1999 as a School Improvement Adviser, holding a number of director-level posts within the authority, before being appointed as Director of Children’s Services in 2008 and then Corporate Director for Children and Families in 2011. He has been in post as Chief Executive since January 2013.
As Chief Executive, Ian has overall management and operational responsibility for Nottingham City Council, including its entire staff. His role is to provide leadership, vision and strategic direction for the Council.
In spite of operating in a difficult economic climate, with decreasing resources and increasing demand on Council services, Ian has worked closely with the political leadership to ensure that the Council’s principles and priorities of protecting jobs and frontline services have been preserved.
The strategic regeneration of the city has moved on apace under Ian’s leadership and forms a key strand of his ambition to move the city from good to great.
Central to Ian’s approach is the ability to forge and maintain strong partnerships that ensure the delivery of mutual goals and aspirations. Building relationships both locally and internationally is a key strand of Ian’s work; he is a driving force behind developing closer links with Nottingham’s overseas partners, particularly in China and Germany, and continues to work to build stronger relationships with the business community and wider city stakeholders. The Devolution agenda sees Ian working ever more closely with neighbouring Local Authorities, and our Core City status means Nottingham’s is a strong voice for the region.
Outside of work Ian has volunteered in youth basketball for many years and is an Independent Director of the British Basketball Federation. He is a keen cyclist, skier, walker and supporter of Chelsea Football Club.
Hi, I’m Dawnay Robinson, and I am 18 years old. I live in Nottingham, and have lived and studied in Nottingham all of my life – I am currently taking myself a gap year.
The main reason I took a gap year to better my experience, skills, and better my chances of getting into the University of Nottingham – which worked, as I received an unconditional offer in New Year!
Once I finished, and gained my health sciences qualifications from New College Nottingham, I decided to take a year out before university to work, and save up, and to better through my overall understanding of the working environment so I signed up to the PATRA Traineeship course as PATRA offered to better my skills in business administration, and provided a 12 month placement within Nottingham City Council, which was perfect for me because I didn’t want a contract longer than 12 months, due to my commitment to University.
I wanted to join the One Nottingham board, because I am very conscious to what is going on around me in the world, and really enjoy being able to offer a young person’s perspective on many different topics. I feel it is essential for young people, who are able to communicate their opinion, and perspective to do so, as so many young people don’t get the chance to, or merely aren’t interested in doing so. I am also a member of the Age Friendly Nottingham steering, for the same reasons.
After my gap year, I will be studying adult nursing at the University of Nottingham, which I am excited about. Care is my passion; generally I like to go the extra mile to help people, so working has been beneficial to me because it has shown me how much you can help people, and offer an optimistic, positive perspective on things in every day working life – which is not related to care.
Michael Carr is Pro Vice-Chancellor of Employer and Economic Engagement at Nottingham Trent University.
Michael is specifically responsible for: the Partnerships, Local Engagement and Commercial Services functions; the Development & Alumni Relations functions; and the Student Employability and Enterprise functions undertaken by the University.
Michael graduated from Brunel University with a first class degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Masters in Engineering. During his early career, he held a variety of commercial roles including Managing Director of Parema and Chief Executive of Medilink East Midlands. He was subsequently appointed Executive Director for Business Services at the East Midlands Development Agency (EMDA). He led the strategy development for EMDA’s business, innovation and skills agendas and delivered the associated investment portfolios, working closely with the region’s universities.
Prior to joining NTU, Michael was Director of the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership where he oversaw the delivery of their strategic economic plan for the city region. Before that Michael was Director of Business Engagement and Innovation Services at the University of Nottingham, with responsibility for developing partnerships with business, delivering their knowledge exchange strategy and leading their research commercialisation activities.
Michael was very pleased to join the One Nottingham Board. Through the University, and personally, he is keen to encourage collaboration across Nottingham for the betterment of its citizens and its economy.
Kevin Shakesheff is Pro-Vice Chancellor for Science at the University of Nottingham and Chief Scientific Officer at Locate Therapeutics Ltd.
Kevin moved to Nottingham in 1988 to study Pharmacy at the University. He is a Professor of Pharmacy and his research involves designing new medicines that regenerate human tissue. He is the founder of the Nottingham-based company, Locate Therapeutics, which is developing new medicines and medical devices for orthopaedic surgery. He is also a board member of the Biocity Group Nottingham. Kevin has joined the OneNottingham board to help the University play its role in promoting Nottingham as a leading city for research, teaching, culture and job creation.