Cllr Jon Collins has been a Councillor of St. Ann's, an inner city ward, in Nottingham since 1987. During this time he has served as Chair of the Community Development Committee, seven years as Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Education and Work. Jon chairs the Renewal Trust, a local community development trust, and the Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership Board, a partnership with the aim of tackling Crime, Drugs and Anti Social Behaviour issues. He is also Portfolio Holder for Finance at Core Cities, a cross party group of 10 cities, which aim to enhance their economic performance and make them better places to live, work, and do business. Jon has been a member of the LGA City Regions Board since July 2014. Jon was previously Board Member on the City's Primary Care Trust, the Learning and Skills Council and the Greater Nottingham Partnership Forum. He has also chaired the East Midlands Councils, Nottinghamshire Police Authority, One Nottingham, the City's Local Strategic Partnership and was a Board Member of the East Midlands Development Agency. Prior to undertaking his current role as Leader (since 2003), Jon completed an MBA (Public Services) and worked as an Urban Regeneration Consultant and Housing Development Officer.