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Nottingham chief exec quits on health grounds

Jane Todd has announced she is stepping down as Nottingham City Council’s chief executive, following major surgery earlier this year.

The city’s first female chief executive has spent the past six months recuperating after her major operation.

Though she has made good progress following the acoustic neuroma surgery, which removed a benign tumour affecting her aural nerve, she has decided to step down from the role to help her recovery.

The city council said her time in the post had brought improved public transport, social services and schools, with lower crime rates, and higher resident satisfaction with the council – up from 47% in 2008 to 68% in 2011.

During her career she held the posts of assistant chief executive and director of development and environmental services, was the regional lead on the Home Office issues of drugs, crime and justice.

She was also transformation director for the Government Office Network, chairing a board of nine regional directors.

She said: “I am extremely proud of the strong partnerships and relationships that have been built over the years, and the way in which all the key agencies and communities have come to together to set out a clear and ambitious plan and  vision for Nottingham, which is more important than ever in these difficult economic times.”

Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John Peace, said: “Jane has been a truly excellent chief executive of Nottingham City Council. I would like to thank Jane for her unwavering commitment to Nottingham, and I wish her all the very best for the future.”

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