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Mr John Sinnott

Mr John Sinnott – Doctor of Laws

Chief Executive of Leicestershire County Council and the longest-serving County Council Chief Executive

John Sinnott is Chief Executive of Leicestershire County Council and the longest-serving County Council Chief Executive. His role over this period has included the position of Clerk to Leicestershire Lieutenancy. He was awarded the CBE for services to local government in 2009.

Leicestershire County Council is recognised as one of the highest performing local authorities in the country. In 2009 it was judged by its peers as ‘Council of the Year’ in the Local Government Chronicle annual awards and in 2009-10 the independent Audit Commission rated no county council higher than Leicestershire.

John Sinnott has been involved in all the major Leicester City/Leicestershire County partnership initiatives in the last 15 years, in particular, community safety, transportation and a range of economic development-related programmes, most recently the establishment of Prospect Leicestershire and the Multi Area Agreement. He has focussed on skills improvement and employment opportunities and the Total Place pilot overseen by a new Public Services Board, designed to produce more cost-effective working across the public sector and a fresh approach to social problems such as substance misuse.

He works closely with HM Treasury on the financial and democratic accountability aspects of a different approach to local governance.

Mr Sinnott has a particular interest in sports policy and in the 2012 Olympics legacy. He represents local authorities in the East Midlands on the 2012 Regional Steering Group. He has engaged in discussions between local and central government on a legacy for young people and the relationship between sport, other physical activity, health and well-being.

Press comment: "This is a great honour for me and I am very grateful to the University. I have lived and worked in Leicestershire for a long time now and it has always been apparent how the University has worked successfully with the wider community of city and county. It has been rewarding to have been involved personally in some of those initiatives. 'Partnership working' is an over-used phrase nowadays but the University continues to be a strong partner of local government in the increasingly important efforts both to protect and develop the local economy."

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