Former Army major Jay Rowlinson has been recruited to become the next CEO of Mansfield Business Improvement District (BID).
He will take up the post in early January next year, after leaving his current role of Team Leader within the Specialist Operations Training Team, East Midlands Police.
Paul Williams, a director at the BID said: “Jay joins at a very exciting time for the BID and for Mansfield, as significant change is coming to the town through funding being made available via the Levelling Up programme, and the Town and High Street initiatives.
“Jay will be representing the town centre businesses, retail, hospitality and leisure industries to ensure they have an input and significant voice in how that money will be spent.”
Paul added: “While, of course, we look forward to benefiting from Jay’s strategic thinking and planning, we know that it will be his positive attitude and tireless energy that will make so much difference.”
In his current very busy and demanding role, Jay is required to collaborate with three regional police forces, including Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, and Lincolnshire, as he provides operational capability to Specialist Policing teams across the region.
Prior to working for the police, Jay spent 32 years in the Armed Forces, serving on many operational deployments around the world.
As a commissioned officer in the British Army at the rank of Major, his key strengths in leadership and teamwork, and his ability to perform under pressure were duly tested.
He has been recognised on the operational honours lists for his work and dedication to duty whilst serving in Afghanistan.
Jay said: “I love being able to initiate making positive changes and being part of a team that builds and brings success.
“The position of CEO at the BID is such an interesting, challenging and very worthwhile job that will give me the opportunity to work with key partners and stakeholders to bring worthwhile and meaningful change to Mansfield town centre.
“I am very aware of the current difficulties that town centre businesses are going through at the moment with a huge increase in online shopping, day-to-day business costs and the ongoing challenges that the COVID 19 pandemic has brought.
“It will be my aim to effectively talk and actively listen to our town centre businesses and ensure I have a thorough understanding of how the BID can help them, but also how I can best represent their future needs and business interests.”
Jay is married to Tanya, his wife of 25 years, and has two teenage children. A very keen sportsman, he keeps himself fit by taking part in triathlons and running.