About me, your Elected Mayor.
My name is Ros Jones, and I am proud to be the elected Mayor of my home town Doncaster. I was born in Askern, where my dad worked at the local colliery, and I still live nearby in Norton.
Before getting involved in politics, I worked for over 30 years in the public sector as an accountant and a senior manager. This experience has been invaluable as we steer the council through the budget cuts imposed on Doncaster by the government, whilst trying to protect front line public services wherever possible.
Before becoming Mayor in 2013, I was a councillor for my local ward for seven years working hard to make improvements in the community and support local residents. I was also Civic Mayor in 2009/10, and as First Citizen of the Borough promoted Doncaster wherever possible whilst undertaking civic duties.
When I became Mayor, my first priority was to put Doncaster Council back on the right track. The council had been dysfunctional. It was in government intervention, and it had let down local people. We have now changed that and put the council back on a stable footing.
I am clear about my agenda for Doncaster. First and foremost is economic success. We must increase the quality and number of jobs on offer, bringing more high quality, skilled employment to the borough. We must also improve education and modernise our care services to cope with the growing population of older people. I also want to ensure that local housing need is met and that we work together with local people and the voluntary sector. Finally, it is important that we get the basics right. That means providing effective, efficient services such as collecting the bins, grass cutting and filling in potholes on the roads.
I am proud that in my first two years, with the hard work of staff, we led the Council out of government intervention early. We introduced the new Doncaster Children’s Services Trust, developed the council’s first ever three year budget plan, and had major successes, such as winning the right to host the new National High Speed Rail College.
These are exciting times for Doncaster and I am determined to play my part in driving the borough forward for the benefit of local people.
- email: email@example.com
- tel: 01302 862224
- address: Doncaster Council, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU