Leader of Nottingham City Council, 2003 - 2019
Jon has 40 years experience of local government, the public and voluntary sector. He has been a Nottingham City Councillor for 32 years, council leader for 16 years and variously responsible for community development, community safety, property and finance management, transport, neighbourhood and city centre regeneration and economic development.
During his 16 years as Leader, Nottingham became Britain's cleanest big city, crime dropped from nearly 75,000 crimes per year to less than 35,000, education results have improved significantly and over 90% of pupils are now taught in schools judged good or outstanding by OFSTED.
Under his leadership, the Council also developed a reputation for innovation and enterprise, boosting its commercial income by over £20million in the last 4 years. This has included establishing Robin Hood Energy, the first municipally owned not-for-profit energy company, a joint venture housing development and regeneration company (Blueprint), building three tram lines with 32 km of track to complement Nottingham’s profitable municipally owned bus company and delivering a range of council and commercial services for neighbouring authorities and public organisations.
Jon also has extensive experience working at local, regional and national partnerships. Locally this has included Nottingham’s Crime and Drugs Partnership, Primary Care Trust, Education Improvement Board and through chairing the county police authority.