The chief executive of Croydon Council has been named New Londoner of the Year 2018 at the New London Awards (NLA).
Jo Negrini was presented with the accolade for her role in transforming Croydon and her championship of equal rights. In particular she was commended for her approach to challenging perceptions of Croydon and ‘speeding up the rate of change’ so that the borough ‘is now on its way to becoming London’s biggest growth centre with a £5.25 billion investment programme.’
The annual New London Awards recognise the very best in architecture, planning and development in the capital. The New Londoner of the Year presentation recognises an individual for their personal contribution to the field.
Leader of the council, councillor Tony Newman, said: “I’m proud and delighted to congratulate Jo on this well-deserved achievement. As chief executive and in her previous role as executive director of place, Jo has made a huge contribution to Croydon’s growth and to its future. Her energy, experience and expertise have proved invaluable as we drive forward the £5.25bn transformation of our borough and lead Croydon through one of the most significant phases in its history.”
Jo Negrini said: “It’s a privilege and an honour to receive this award but this has been a total team effort. I’ve had amazing opportunities at Croydon. As CEO, I’ve got the best regeneration job in London. I’ve benefited from visionary political leadership and fantastic hard working colleagues right across the council. I’m proud to serve the residents of Croydon – it’s a really special place.”
Jo was appointed as chief executive of Croydon Council in 2016. She was previously the council’s executive director of place, overseeing safety, streets development, regeneration and planning, having joined the local authority at the start of 2014. Jo has been instrumental in driving the borough’s growth and devolution agenda, securing £350m of investment.
She has worked in local government and the voluntary sector in the UK for the past 28 years and has been at the forefront of regeneration in London, bringing investment to areas of the capital to tackle poverty and inequalities.