Doncaster Delegation and Events

Doncaster Delegation:

Ros Jones - CBE

Mayor of Doncaster

Ros Jones has been Mayor of Doncaster since 2013, having been elected for a third term in 2021.

A lifelong Doncaster resident and qualified Chartered Public Finance Accountant, Ros worked in both the public and private sector during her career before being elected as a borough Councillor in 2006 and becoming Chair of Council and Chair of Audit. Ros is currently a member of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority.

Since becoming elected Mayor, Ros has led Doncaster Council out of Government intervention early, and introduced wide ranging improvements, including successful policies to support the local economy, job creation, public and private sector housing developments, and education improvements.

In 2017 Ros was awarded a CBE for services to Local Government.

When standing for re-election in 2021, she pledged to lead Doncaster with its recovery from Coronavirus, to create a safer, stronger, cleaner and greener Doncaster, where no one is left behind.

The number one priority of Mayor Ros Jones is to save and reopen the former Doncaster Sheffield Airport which owners Peel Group closed in late 2022. City of Doncaster Council has now signed a 125-year lease for the airport site and is currently in the final stages of a procurement process to appoint an airport operator.

Doncaster is on a journey. Once the home of the Mallard and the Flying Scotsman and the base of the Vulcan bomber, the borough is now the home of Hitachi Rail, fitting our Azuma trains, and to Yorkshire Wildlife Park, which is one of the UK’s biggest and best visitor attractions.

Damian Allen

Chief Executive, City of Doncaster Council

Damian is City of Doncaster Council’s Chief Executive. Prior to this, he held the Council’s statutory Chief Officer role for Children (DCS) and Adults (DASS).

In 2022, Doncaster became the North’s newest City. Damian has pioneered designing and developing Regenerative approaches across ‘Team Doncaster’. This resulted in the Mayor’s publication of her 10 year borough strategy ‘Doncaster Delivering Together’ in 2021, with its mission of ‘Thriving People, Places and Planet’.

Damian’s focus is on supporting the Mayor’s ‘Great 8 Priorities, which includes, driving investment, making Doncaster the best place do business and create good jobs, developing the skills to thrive in life and work, and building transport and digital connections fit for the future. 

Scott Cardwell - MA BA MRTPI DipURP DipEUD

Service Director for Economy and Development, City of Doncaster Council

Scott leads numerous teams spanning Development Management, Planning Policy, Built and Natural Environment, Inward Investment, Business Enterprise and support, Destination Management, Town Centre Management, Major Regeneration and Transport Infrastructure Projects, Strategic Assets Management, Facilities Management, Buildings Maintenance, and Design.

Scott has over 30 years experience in local government and has held senior management positions for Change Management, Equalities, Planning Services, Strategic Housing, Corporate Policy and Performance Management. Scott is also a Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute.

Scott is very passionate about driving our economy forward and play’s an active role within Strategic Partnerships in Doncaster, the Sheffield City Region and national forums.

Jonny Bucknall

Head of Strategic Investment and External Funding, City of Doncaster Council

Jonny is the Council’s Head of Strategic Investment and External Funding.  His role covers the delivery of Government Programmes including Town Deals for Doncaster and Stainforth and Levelling Up Fund Round 1, as well as developing the annual strategic investment plan for Doncaster.  Jonny is currently leading the development of a new city centre strategy which will set a new 2050 vision for the role the city centre will play as well as how this will be delivered spatially, along with setting the direction for delivery of future government programmes; Levelling Up Partnership and Long-Term Plan for Towns.

Jonny played an integral role in the development of South Yorkshire’s current devolution deal and more recently has led the development of the Investment Zone designation, and delivery, across Doncaster.

Chris Dungworth

Head of Business Doncaster

Chris is an Economic Development professional with 20 years experience.

His role is to manage the Business Doncaster Economic Development service area within the City of Doncaster Council with responsibility for attracting new inward investment into Doncaster, helping existing Doncaster businesses grow, destination marketing and tourism including Doncaster Town Centre, Employment and Enterprise initiatives and promoting and being a proud Doncaster Ambassador.

Alex Dochery

Investment Team Manager, Business Doncaster

Alex manages the Investment Team at Business Doncaster, Doncaster Council’s Economic Development arm. Acting as a front door for commercial developers and investors, the Investment Team is responsible for attracting inward investment into Doncaster, supporting indigenous business growth, and promoting Doncaster as the best place to live, work and invest in.

Passionate about economic development and making a difference to local communities, Alex has been in local government for nine years having entered the sector through the Local Government Association’s National Graduate Development Programme (NGDP). Before working at Business Doncaster, Alex held a joint post with City of York Council and York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Victoria Poppleton

Sector Growth and Investment Team Leader, Business Doncaster

Victoria is the Sector Growth and Investment Team Leader at Business Doncaster, Doncaster Council’s Economic Development department.  We aim to attract inward investment into Doncaster as well as supporting existing businesses to develop and prosper. 

Victoria has over 15 years’ experience in the private sector in a variety of supply chain roles and joined City of Doncaster Council 3 years ago to help shape her home city.

Ian Guy

Business Engagement Officer, Business Doncaster

Ian is the Business Engagement Officer at Business Doncaster. The role involves a variety of work including dealing with inward investors, developers, commercial agents and indigenous businesses to offer whatever support they require.

With nearly 40 years of experience in economic development, Ian has built excellent working relationships with many individuals and businesses. Over recent years, he has been the lead officer in delivering all of the City of Doncaster Council’s Meet the Buyer & Supplier Engagement events. Through is work with the construction sector, Ian organises the Doncaster Property Forum, one of the regions best attended development networking events. Born and bred in Doncaster, Ian is very passionate about his home city and helping local business and extolling the principles of buy local wherever possible.

Key Events:

UKREiiF South Yorkshire Showcase

South Yorkshire – A New Era of Good Growth

When: May 21st, 11:00 – 12:00

Where: SCAPE Public Sector Stage, Royal Armouries

Join us for a dynamic discussion featuring leaders from local authorities and businesses, as we explore strategies, challenges, and opportunities shaping the region’s positive trajectory towards good growth. Gain insights, share perspectives, and be part of shaping the South Yorkshire’s prosperous future.

Speakers include:

  • Ros Jones – Mayor of Doncaster
  • Oliver Coppard – Mayor of South Yorkshire
  • Sir Stephen Houghton CBE – Leader, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Cllr Tom Hunt – Leader, Sheffield City Council
  • Jo Brown – Assistant Chief Executive, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
  • Tariq Shah OBE – Chief Executive, Vigo Group

Meet the Doncaster Team

Meet the City of Doncaster Council and its inward investment team, Business Doncaster

When: May 22nd, 15:00 – 16:00

Where: South Yorkshire Stand E40/E44, New Dock Exhibition Hall

As the newest city in the North of England, we are not afraid to do things differently here in Doncaster. We are ambitious, forward thinking and passionate about our place. We have the location, connectivity, people and a prime investment portfolio. Doncaster is THE place to do business, and we pride ourselves on taking a proactive and enabling approach to development. With a central ambition to enable thriving people, places and planet, come and talk to us about how we can realise trailblazing opportunities together.

Attendees include:

  • Ros Jones - Mayor of Doncaster
  • Damian Allen - Chief Executive, City of Doncaster Council
  • Scott Cardwell -  Service Director for Economy and Development, City of Doncaster Council
  • Jonny Bucknall - Head of Strategic Investment and External Funding, City of Doncaster Council
  • Chris Dungworth - Head of Business Doncaster
  • Alex Dochery - Investment Team Manager, Business Doncaster
  • Victoria Poppleton - Sector Growth and Investment Team Leader, Business Doncaster
  • Ian Guy - Business Engagement Officer, Business Doncaster
Last updated: 17 May 2024, 12:41