James Cruddas, 43, was appointed Deputy Director Resilience and Emergencies at the Department for Communities and Local Government in May 2011. He leads a nationwide team enabling localities to be resilient to emergencies, whether they occur in a particular place or over a wide area, and providing government support when emergencies do occur. He regularly directs the Department’s contribution to emergency response and recovery, and represents the Department at COBR.
A civil servant for 25 years, prior to his current role James led a variety of regeneration and growth programmes. In 2002 he established, for the then government, a programme to turn around places in the north and midlands blighted by low demand for housing. He was then seconded to One NorthEast, the former regional development agency, as Head of Sustainable Communities, Northern Way, focusing on creating quality places that would support economic growth. From 2008 to 2011, he was Deputy Director Thames Gateway.
From 2002 to 2004, James studied part time for an MBA at the School of Public Policy, The University of Birmingham, from where he graduated with distinction in December 2004. He is a Member of the Chartered Management Institute, and in July 2007 was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
Following pre-ordination training at the South East Institute of Theological Education, Canterbury Christ Church University, from which he graduated in 2012, James was ordained a presbyter (minister) in the Methodist Church in July 2016. He serves in his workplace and at West London Mission.
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