Local government personality of the year: Jacqui Kennedy
Jacqui Kennedy OBE, Director of Regulatory Services, Birmingham City Council has been made Local government personality of the year by the Dods and Scottish Widows Women in Public Life Awards
After working her way up through the ranks, Jacqui is the Director of Regulatory Services in Birmingham and has dedicated her working life to local government and community services, nationally regionally and locally. She is the first woman chair of the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers, the Chair of the West Midlands Crimestoppers Board, the Chair of the Regional Tackling Crime Board for Central Trading Standards Authorities and a member of a national government group focusing on tackling the adverse effects of alcohol and managing entertainment areas. Jacqui does not just attend; she is recognised for her inspirational leadership and innovation.
As well as the Birmingham City Council Lead Officer for Financial Inclusion and Jacqui is also responsible for the largest national pilot project tackling Illegal Money Lending. The team operates across five regions and provides this service for 95 local authorities. The Illegal Money Lending Project has been extremely successful in investigating, charging and prosecuting illegal money lenders, in the process helping over 10,000 victims of loan sharks and resulting in significant custodial sentences for perpetrators of this evil crime, crimes that were rarely reported. The Project has been able to write off over £30 million of illegal debt for the most vulnerable members of our society.
In 2009 Jacqui was awarded an OBE for her services to Local Government.