City Council adds to executive team with double hire

Frank Jordan and Sajeeda Rose
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Nottingham City Council has made two high-profile appointments.

Frank Jordan and Sajeeda Rose will take up their respective posts of corporate director for resident services and corporate director for growth and city development from early September.

Their arrival will come a year after Mel Barrett took up the post of chief executive, who has also been joined on the council’s five-strong corporate leadership team by Clive Heaphy as interim corporate director for finance and resources.

Jordan joins the council from his current role as deputy chief executive and executive director for place at Cheshire East Council, a post he has held for the last five years. He brings extensive experience of working in local government, starting his career at Newcastle City Council working in environmental services and highways in the 1990s. He is no stranger to the East Midlands, having worked at Leicester City Council as the strategic director for city development and neighbourhood services for four years.

He said: “The opportunity at Nottingham not only provides a new set of challenges for me but also enables me and my family to relocate back to join other family members in the East Midlands.”

Sajeeda Rose has been chief executive of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for the last three years.

She has been involved in delivering the LEP’s £250m Local Growth Fund and securing an additional £44m of Getting Building Funding to support the regional economy. Most recently she led the successful bid for an East Midlands Freeport, the only inland freeport in the country.

She said: “I am delighted to be joining Nottingham City Council. I look forward to working with council leaders, members, officers and partners to deliver the ambitions and vision for the city and ensure that its development and economic growth are sustainable and positively impact people’s lives.”

Barrett said: “I’m delighted with the appointment of these two first-class candidates for these important roles at such a crucial time for the council. Fresh approaches and innovative thinking will be vital as we forge a new direction for the City Council by focusing on how best to deliver services in new ways.

“I am confident they will both bring a huge amount of experience, insight and innovation to roles which oversee how our council services are delivered to a high standard and how, in partnership with others, we will shape the future of this great city.”

City Council leader, councillor David Mellen, said: “We welcome the wealth of experience and fresh perspectives that Frank and Sajeeda will bring to our senior leadership team at a time when we are guiding the council in new directions and continue to be ambitious for Nottingham’s future.”