Councillor Jane Mudd is the Leader of Newport City Council and portfolio holder for Strategic Finance and Economic Growth. Representing Newport on Cardiff Capital Region Cabinet and CCR portfolio holder for Data driven Economy and Skills, Jane is also a Vice Chair of the Cardiff Capital Region cabinet. Jane is the Deputy Chair of the cross border Western Gateway economic partnership; of which Newport was a founding member. Within this role Jane is a member of the Severn Estuary Independent Commission steering group and the Western Gateway Strategic Rail steering group. Jane is also a member of the Key Cities Executive board.
With over 20 years’ experience in higher education and research, Jane has a background in Housing and Regeneration. She was formerly the Head of the Department of Social Policy at Cardiff Metropolitan University having previously led the Department of Applied Community Sciences and Public Protection and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and former Chair of CIH Cymru, she also served as an Independent member of the Regulatory Board for Housing (Wales) and is a former Board Chair of Newport City Homes.
Jane is also the Deputy Presiding Officer of the Welsh Local Government Association and is a WLGA Social Justice spokesperson. Jane has been a key contributor to the WLGA/LGA Civility in Public Life and Diversity in Democracy campaigns. She is also the WLGA co-chair of the WLGA Safer Communities Board and currently represents the Gwent local authorities on this partnership. Councillor Mudd is also the lead WLGA Spokesperson for Digital and Innovation, Chair of the WLGA Digital Leadership Board and is also a member of the Local Government Association Improvement Board.