Thursday, 15 April 2010

Big thank you to south Leeds volunteers

A big thank you is being said to volunteer groups in south Leeds for all their hard work in their local communities.

Voluntary organisations have been invited to an event at the Banqueting Hall in Civic Hall on Tuesday 20 April, to celebrate the work they have carried out across south Leeds.

There will be stalls from local organisations to showcase their work with the opportunity to celebrate the great range of community and voluntary activities taking place across the inner south Leeds communities of Beeston, Holbeck, Hunslet, Cottingley, Middleton and Belle Isle.

Entertainment will be provided by local dance group Dance Action Zone Leeds (DAZL), and there’s even a chance to try giant Jenga with young people from the Friday Night Project.

Each organisation in attendance will be presented with a certificate of recognition for all their hard work in the community.

Councillor Angela Gabriel, chair of the inner south area committee, said:
“It’s really important that we let people know that we appreciate the voluntary work they do in their local communities. This event is just one way to say thank you and recognise the effort people put into managing and organising activities for local people.

“The event has also provided a great opportunity for voluntary groups to meet each other and share their experiences.’’

The event is part of the 2010 Leeds Year of Volunteering which celebrates the amazing work being done by volunteers across the city and gives the opportunity to promote volunteering and encourage more people to get involved.

Notes to editors:

The inner south area committee covers the wards of Beeston & Holbeck, City & Hunslet and Middleton Park. The area committee has organised the volunteer thank you event as part of the area committees area delivery plan under the theme of harmonious communities.

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Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450

New chief executive recommended for appointment

Tom Riordan is set to become the new chief executive of Leeds City Council.

A committee of senior councillors – representing the five political groups across Leeds – unanimously agreed to recommend Mr Riordan for the job yesterday afternoon.

The recommendation will now be taken to a meeting of the full council next Wednesday (April 21) for it to formally approve the appointment.

Mr Riordan will join the authority – England’s second biggest metropolitan council - in the autumn. He will take over from Paul Rogerson who is retiring later this year.

Tom is currently the chief executive of the regional development agency Yorkshire Forward where he has been for over a decade.

While there, and in 2008, he was asked by the Chancellor to lead a team of experts to co-ordinate how the region should respond to potential job losses in the financial services sector and work out a way of securing the future of highly skilled employment in the industry.

Mr Riordan was born in Northallerton and was educated at the town’s college. He graduated with a modern history honours degree from Trinity College Oxford in 1989 and immediately joined the civil service's ‘fast stream management scheme’ with the Department of the Environment in London. From there, he progressed quickly through a variety of jobs, specialising in environmental policy and representing the UK in United Nations negotiations on climate change and endangered species.

Away from work, Tom is married to Louise and with his two children they live in North Yorkshire. He lists his passions as ‘amateur football’ and ‘being a Middlesbrough supporter’.

Councillor Andrew Carter, joint leader said:

“Our current chief executive has been at the helm for a number of years now and under his leadership this council has flourished.

“Despite the challenges ahead, I am confident Tom will make his own mark on the authority and deliver the ambitions we aspire to.

“His enthusiasm and passion for Leeds came across clearly at interview.”

Councillor Richard Brett, joint leader said:

“Tom Riordan will bring a wealth of experience to the job at Leeds from his role at Yorkshire Forward.

“I’m really looking forward to working with him and I have no doubt that he will make a positive contribution to the organisation.”

Leeds City Council’s current chief executive, Paul Rogerson, will retire later this year, but not before Mr Riordan has taken up his post.

Over the last ten years, Paul Rogerson has worked with five council leaders from three political parties and headed up one of the north’s largest employers, with more than 32,000 staff and a budget of over £2 billion.

He has overseen a council providing a wide range of services for a diverse population of over 760,000 people. Over recent years, Paul has also worked hard to promote a city-region approach to economic planning.

In 2007, Paul was awarded a CBE for his services to local government.

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Andy Carter, Leeds City Council on 07891 276792

Notes to Editors

The recommendation was made by an employment committee which included representatives from the Conservative, Liberal Democrat, Labour, Morley Borough Independents and Green party political groups in Leeds.

Full council meets at 1330 on Wednesday April 21 to discuss the recommendation and formally approve the appointment.

Mr Riordan will not be available for comment until his appointment has been formally approved by full council on the 21st.