Croydon Council is set to appoint Jo Negrini as its new chief executive, it was announced today.
Jo becomes the first woman to take the helm at the south London borough. Her unanimous appointment follows a three-month stint as acting chief executive.
She was previously the council’s executive director of place, overseeing safety, streets development, regeneration and planning, having joined the local authority at the start of 2014.
Over the past two and a half years she has been instrumental in driving the borough’s growth and devolution agenda, which secured £350m of investment, and she led on the successful Whitgift development CPO inquiry.
She established the council’s new housing company, Brick by Brick, to deliver a thousand new and affordable homes across the borough and has overseen the introduction of the successful Don’t Mess with Croydon clean-up campaign, Landlord Licensing and Connected Croydon schemes.
Jo has worked in local government in the UK for the past 17 years. Her extensive experience includes being at the forefront of regeneration in London and bringing investment to neglected areas of the capital, helping to tackle deprivation and poverty among local residents.
“The decision to offer Jo the job was made unanimously, and against an extremely strong field of candidates. Jo has already proven herself to be an outstanding interim chief executive.
“Since she joined us in 2014, she has demonstrated strong leadership, ambition for Croydon and a proven track record in delivering for local people. This makes her the ideal person to be helping lead Croydon through the most significant phase in its history.”
Councillor Tony Newman, leader of the council
Jo said: “I’m privileged and honoured to be appointed as chief executive of Croydon Council at what is such a challenging time for our borough. I really love working here and I’m really excited to be taking on this new challenge.
“Croydon is London’s growth borough, and we’re leading the way in delivering multi-billion pound regeneration, new homes and jobs and excellent, value-for-money services for local people. We have a lot to do, but I’m fortunate to be working alongside such a talented and dedicated team of people who are delivering for Croydon.”
Jo will be formally confirmed as chief executive subject to approval at the full council meeting on July 18.