• Jo Miller to leave Doncaster Council for high profile New Zealand role

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    February 28, 2019
    Chief Executive Jo Miller is leaving Doncaster in June to take up a role on the other side of the world.

    Jo is to become the Chief Executive of Hutt City Council, near Wellington in New Zealand in July.

    “This opportunity starts a new chapter in my public service career and I am looking forward to the challenge in a different country with a different set of challenges and opportunities. It goes without saying that I will miss Doncaster, Mayor Ros Jones, the leadership team, my council colleagues and partners in Doncaster and beyond.  It has been a privilege to lead and serve here.”

    “Doncaster has achieved much in my seven years here.  I am proud of the grit, hard work and selfless service that everyone in the borough demonstrates.  That sense of shared endeavour, collaborative leadership and moral purpose with a desire to be the very best we can be for our place and people is very special.  Whilst I will always be a daughter of Liverpool, Doncaster and Yorkshire are now a part of me and I wish both the very best for the future, which I know is an exciting one.”

    Mayor Ros Jones paid tribute to Jo Miller for helping Doncaster in its most testing times. She said: “Jo is an exceptionally talented Chief Executive who leads with her head and her heart, driven to do the very best for all of our communities.  In Jo’s time at Doncaster she has helped shape us into a council that has high ambition for its residents and our future. 

    “The last seven years have seen significant economic growth enjoyed by more of our people.  Educational outcomes have improved and we now deliver better value for money services despite an extremely difficult financial situation.  Partnership working and collaboration is at the heart of Jo’s approach and she should take great credit for that and for leading the workforce well through a significant period of change.  Whilst we will miss Jo, I want to thank her for her leadership, drive, vision and sense of humour that has helped us get through the toughest of times and set us on a course, through our joint leadership, to a positive one. Good luck Jo.”

    Jo has been wished well by a range of partners and key stakeholders in the borough include the borough’s three MPs – Dame Rosie Winterton, Ed Milliband and Caroline Flint: “Jo has been a fantastic public servant for Doncaster.  She has worked tirelessly for local people, to bring jobs and skills to our town and to improve the performance of the council.  We wish Jo the very best in her new role and New Zealand will be lucky to have her.”

    Dan Fell, Chief Executive of Doncaster Chamber of Commerce added: ““It is with a heavy heart that, on behalf of the Doncaster business community and other Team Doncaster partners, that I congratulate Jo on seizing an amazing opportunity of a lifetime.  Jo has had an enormous impact on Doncaster, its economy and communities, and is extremely well regarded by the local business community.  This is as a result of her ability to lead, the values that she wears on her sleeve and her point blank refusal to define our place by things we haven’t got or are yet to achieve.  

    “It would be easy to cite a long list of physical or infrastructure projects as a way of highlighting Jo’s impact in Doncaster, instead I would much rather point to the partnership ethos that – working with Mayor Ros Jones and other stakeholders –Jo has helped to engender in recent years. We will, however, miss her energy, enthusiasm and profound commitment to Doncaster.  As such, I would like to say good luck to Jo and thank her very sincerely for all that she has done for our borough and economy.”
    Plans for Jo’s successor are under consideration and will be announced in the near future.
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