Sheffield council chief executive appointed to top National Lottery Fund role

The former Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council has landed the top job as England Chair at the National Lottery Community Fund, a role he will take on for four years.

Tuesday, 30th June 2020, 9:16 pm
Updated Tuesday, 30th June 2020, 9:22 pm

His appointment was announced by the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden.

John Mothersole served as Sheffield City Council’s Chief Executive for eleven years, until his retirement in December last year.

He had served the council for nine years before becoming chief executive, initially joining to to take up the role of Executive Director for Development, Environment and Leisure.

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John Mothersole

Since his retirement, Mr Mothersole has has taken on a series of non-executive roles which now include Chair-Designate of The Sheffield College, trustee of a community care charity, membership of the Advisory Board of the Sheffield University Management School and Chair of Meadowhall Education Centre.

Prior to being selected as Chair of the National Lottery Community Fund England Committee John was a member of that committee.

In the past he also held senior local government posts in UK cities including London.

Mr Mothersole has been heavily involved in the policy agenda for UK cities through the Core Cities network, the Northern Powerhouse initiative and with Government in securing city and city region devolution deals and participating in trade missions.

His early career was in the arts, primarily in London and the North-East, and he sees a highlight of that part of his career being the reopening of the Roundhouse in London which enabled its subsequent redevelopment.

John lives in Sheffield although his roots are in the North-West.

This role is remunerated at £24,000 per annum. This appointment has been made in accordance with the Cabinet Office’s Governance Code on Public Appointments, the process is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

The Government’s Governance Code requires that any significant political activity undertaken by an appointee in the last five years is declared.

This is defined as holding office, public speaking, making a recordable donation or candidature for election. Mr Mothersole has not declared any activity.