Committee details

Rotherham Town Deal Board

Purpose of committee







Neil Baxter                                 Equans (Chair)

Steve Morris                              Signs Express (Vice Chair)

Sarah Champion                        Member of Parliament

Paul Harper                               Department of Work and Pensions

Carrie Sudbury                          Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of


Raife Gale                                  Muse Developments

Lizzie Dealey                             Canal and Rivers Trust

Ryan Shepherd                          SY Mayoral Combined Authority/LEP

Deborah Bullivant                      Grimm & Co.

Peter Hill                                    HMP Bespoke Construction Ltd

Tracey Mace-Akroyd                  RNN Group – Rotherham College

Nichola Jones                            AMRC

Stuart Kerr                                 Willmott Dixon

Raymond Kinsella                      Great Places Housing Association

Lisa Pogson                               Airmaster

Keeley Beighton                         Never Average Marketing

Chris Wood                                Ovo Spaces


Councillor Denise Lelliott           Rotherham MBC Local Councillor


Paul Woodcock                          RMBC

Simon Moss                               RMBC

Lorna Vertigan                           RMBC

Lucy Mitchell/Maria Smith          RMBC

Megan Hinchliff                          RMBC

Rory Battye                                RMBC

Simeon Leach                            RMBC

Rachel Ellis/Cat Davies              RMBC Comms

Vicki Norman                             RMBC



Justin Homer                              SYMCA, Cities and Local Growth Unit

Sam Townsend                          SYMCA, Cities and Local Growth Unit








‘The Town Deal Board will be the vehicle through which the vision and the strategy for the town is defined.  It will produce a Town Investment Plan, and inform the Town Deal, including the amount of investment secured through the Towns Fund.  The role of the Board is to:-


·          Develop and agree an evidenced-based Town Investment Plan;

·          Develop a clear programme of interventions;

·          Coordinate resources and influence stakeholders’.


Remit of the Board


·          To steer and provide strategic direction to the development of a Town Investment Plan for Rotherham


·          To receive regular reports on progress with the development of the Plan and related matters and, where appropriate, make recommendations on how to take the Plan, and the projects included in it, forward


·          To promote the Plan and projects with Government, public,  private  and Voluntary/community sector partners and stakeholders


·          To identify and pursue funding opportunities to support delivery of the Plan


·          To contribute knowledge, skills, expertise, ideas where appropriate to support the delivery of the Plan, utilising own networks, contacts and specialisms where required. 


·          To seek out examples of best practise/speakers/specialists to assist in the development and delivery of the Investment Plan


·          To receive and present reports on The Town Deal and the Town Investment Plan as required


Membership of the Board


This should include:-


·          Senior Member and officer representatives from the Council,

·          The local Member of Parliament

·          Representation from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and/or Mayoral Combined Authority (CA)

·          Local businesses and investors

·          Private sector investors and developers, with an interest in the town centre

·          Representatives from the voluntary and community sector.

·          Anchor institutions – including; College, Hospital and cultural/creative institutions

·          Jobcentre Plus

·          Arms-length and other non-departmental government agencies – these can attend on an as needed basis

·          Representatives from the housing sector; developers and housing associations



The Chair of the Board will come from the private sector



Expectations of a Board Member


All members of the board must observe its code of conduct.


It is expected that members will attend board meetings and actively engage in discussions. If the member is not able to attend, an appropriate deputy can attend in their place. 


Other responsibilities include:


·          Acting in the interests of the Rotherham population, leaving aside organisational, personal, or sectoral interests.

·          Fully and effectively communicating outcomes and key decisions of the board to their own organisations.

·          Declaring any conflicts of interest. 

·          Acting in a respectful, inclusive and open manner with all colleagues to encourage debate and challenge.

·          Reading and digesting any documents and information provided prior to meetings to ensure the board is not a forum for receipt of information. 

·          Acting as ambassadors for the work of the board. 

·          Participating where appropriate in communications/marketing and stakeholder engagement activity to support the objectives of the board.




·          Meetings will be held 4-weekly, with additional meetings as required.

·          Meeting will encourage debate and constructive challenge in a respectful and inclusive manner

·          Non-members can attend by invitation of the Chair

·          Meetings will last a maximum of 2 hours

·          All meetings will be held in Rotherham





In all aspects of its operation and activities, the Board is committed to good governance and high ethical standards, based on the Nolan principles of public life:


Selflessness - Holders of public office should act solely in terms of the public interest.


Integrity - Holders of public office must avoid placing themselves under any obligation to people or organisations that might try inappropriately to influence them in their work. They should not act or take decisions in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves, their family, or their friends. They must declare and resolve any interests and relationships.


Objectivity - Holders of public office must act and take decisions impartially, fairly and on merit, using the best evidence and without discrimination or bias.


Accountability - Holders of public office are accountable to the public for their decisions and actions and must submit themselves to the scrutiny necessary to ensure this.


Openness - Holders of public office should act and take decisions in an open and transparent manner. Information should not be withheld from the public unless there are clear and lawful reasons for so doing.


Honesty - Holders of public office should be truthful.


Leadership - Holders of public office should exhibit these principles in their own behaviour. They should actively promote and robustly support the principles and be willing to challenge poor behaviour wherever it occurs


In addition, the Board will adhere to the core principles of the Rotherham Together Partnership:


Ø  Focusing our efforts where we can make the most difference by working together

Ø  Engaging and involving our communities in everything we do

Ø  Promoting equality, challenging intolerance and celebrating our achievements



The Town Deal is a £3.6bn programme seeking to “unleash the economic potential” of 101 places across the country. Rotherham has been given the opportunity to access up to £25 million, or up to £50 million for especially ambitious and credible plans. The focus will be on increased economic growth through regeneration, improved transport, better broadband connectivity, skills and culture.


Rotherham’s Town Deal will specifically focus on a number of projects deliverable within 0-5 years and which sit within 3 specific areas of the Town Deal geography. To determine what these projects should be over the last 6 months Investment Plans have been developed for Eastwood, Templeborough and the ‘Central Area’.


Throughout this process we have made use of the Government’s MyTown portal to gather thoughts and opinions and understand the needs of residents and these have helped to shape the proposals.   We now want to test the proposals further by consulting with residents, businesses and stakeholders through a virtual consultation forum which has been specifically designed for Rotherham’s Town Deal.


Rotherham Town Investment Plan can be found here.