James Rogers - Deputy Chair
James joined Leeds City Council in 1985 as a trainee and worked in a number of areas before progressing a career in HR. James qualified as a member of the Institute of Personnel Development and progressed to the level of HR Manager before moving into corporate management in 1993. James was appointed Assistant Chief Executive in July 2007 and took on his current portfolio covering citizens and communities in May 2013.
James leads a team who ensure that the council remains focussed on its priority to support communities and tackle poverty by: helping people out of financial hardship and into work; strengthening local accountability and being more responsive to the needs of local communities and providing accessible and targeted services.
James also leads a number of cross-council pieces of work including safeguarding, migration and volunteering.
James oversees a range of council services including welfare and benefits, financial inclusion, the contact centre, one stop centres and community hubs, digital access, equality and diversity, locality working, support to the third sector, elections, local land charges registrars, taxi and vehicle licensing and entertainment licensing.
James lives in our neighbouring city of Wakefield. He is married, with two sons and outside of work he is Chairman of Ossett Town AFC.