Former Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council John Mothersole has taken up a leading role with The National Lottery Community Fund.

He has has taken the reins of the Fund’s England Committee, advising how National Lottery funding is used to support communities in England to thrive.

His  appointment comes at a time when the Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, remains focussed on distributing vital funding to groups that are helping communities through the current COVID-19 crisis and, longer-term, on supporting the ideas and projects that put people in the lead.

Previously a regular member of the Fund’s England Committee, John has held several senior positions in local government across the UK. In December 2019, he stood down from his post as Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council after more than a decade in the job.

John Mothersole, newly appointed Chair of The National Lottery Community Fund’s England Committee, said: “I am delighted and honoured. The National Lottery Community Fund is such a force for good in this country, so the opportunity to work with the team shaping its future impact as well as helping to oversee its current work was irresistible.

“I come to this role with a strong sense of both the responsibility and of what I can give in terms of my own long experience working with communities and helping to make the right things happen. My emphasis will always be on impact and sustainability and the Fund is especially well placed in delivering that.”

Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive of The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “With over a decade of experience leading Sheffield Council, and even longer spent in local authorities across the UK, John has seen first-hand that when people are in the lead, communities thrive.

“His vision will help us to fulfil our fundamental purpose of awarding National Lottery money to help create stronger, more connected communities across the UK.”

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