Jason Kitcat joined Essex County Council as Executive Director of Corporate Development in June 2017. He has responsibility for helping the Council to transform in light of his understanding of the current and future challenges for local government.
His function includes:
- Commercial and Traded Services
- Corporate Strategy
- Intelligence and Insight
- Programme Management Office.
Before joining the council, Jason was Head of Policy and Public Affairs at Crunch – a fast-growing Sunday Times Tech Track 100 online accounting and financial technology company. He was responsible for Crunch’s communications, marketing, policy and was a key stakeholder in their agile product development processes. His role also involved collaboration with politicians, civil servants and think tanks to further the interests of the micro-business sector.
During this time, he also acted as Interim Digital Lead for The Democratic Society (DemSoc). Here he delivered a range of key projects including the ground-breaking NHS Citizen programme for NHS England which used cutting-edge online and offline techniques to involve citizens in NHS England’s decision-making while also being a tool for culture change within the NHS.
Jason has a good understanding of the political environment as he was a councillor at Brighton and Hove City Council from December 2007 to May 2015. In 2011-12 he was Cabinet member for Finance and Central Services before becoming Leader from 2012 to 2015. Jason stepped down from all political activity in May 2015.
For his work as a council leader he won the 2015 LGiU Judges' Special Award for Contribution to Local Government - a unanimous decision by the judges for being “a first time leader in challenging circumstances who implemented some impressive and innovative development initiatives”.
As a council leader he delivered a number of challenging projects including:
- Securing a £36 million Public Works Loans Board funding deal to bring the London Eye’s developers to Brighton to build the new i360 tower
- Championing a ‘Brighton Waterfront’ regeneration strategy which has brought forward a range of connected sites for redevelopment with private sector partners
- Signing a Greater Brighton City Deal with government, straddling county and district boundaries, leading to an investment programme which won the national 2015 LGC Delivering Growth award
- Winning accreditation as the world’s first One Planet City and winning CIVITAS European Sustainable Transport City of the year 2014 by delivering ambitious sustainability plans.
Other roles have included: Foundation Coordinator for the Open Knowledge Foundation; Acting Assistant Executive Director for the Open Rights Group; Head of Technology for Netmums and director and co-founder of Swing Digital Ltd, a digital agency specialising in online communities.