Trevor Nut­tall

Busi­ness leader


TREVOR NUT­TALL, who has died aged 78, played an im­por­tant part in the re­gen­er­a­tion of Leeds in the 1980s and 1990s.

Be­tween 1981 and 1985 he was the direc­tor of the York­shire and Hum­ber Devel­op­ment Agency, which later be­came York­shire For­ward. This was the body re­spon­si­ble for the pro­mo­tion of eco­nomic devel­op­ment in York­shire and the Hum­ber, fi­nanced by the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and the gov­ern­ment with some pri­vate- sec­tor as­sis­tance.

Mr Nut­tall had con­sid­er­able suc­cess in launch­ing new mar­ket­ing ini­tia­tives aimed at at­tract­ing new in­vest­ment from the USA, Ja­pan and Hong Kong. His role also in­volved com­ment­ing on the ef­fec­tive­ness of gov­ern­ment re­gional pol­icy as it af­fected the re­gion.

Be­tween 1985 and 1995 he was head of the UK grants and in­ward in­vest­ment prac­tice at ac­coun­tants Arthur An­der­sen. He was then the ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to the United Na­tions Con­fer­ence on Trade and Devel­op­ment, the prin­ci­pal or­gan of the United Na­tions deal­ing with trade, in­vest­ment and devel­op­ment is­sues.

In 1996, he be­came the chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Leeds Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices Ini­tia­tive help­ing to co-or­di­nate the ef­forts of banks, in­sur­ance com­pa­nies and other in­sti­tu­tions, ac­coun­tants, lawyers and other pro­fes­sion­als to put Leeds on the map as a fi­nan­cial ser­vices cen­tre of ex­cel­lence in the UK.

As a board mem­ber of the Leeds Ini­tia­tive, he worked closely with Leeds City Coun­cil, play­ing an im­por­tant part in the re­gen­er­a­tion of Leeds.

Then, from 1999 to 2001, he be­came chief ex­ec­u­tive of the Leeds Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try and over­saw a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in its ac­tiv­i­ties and in­flu­ence.

Mr Nut­tall was born on June 9, 1936. Af­ter school in Rossendale he went on to the Lon­don School of Eco­nomics, gain­ing a B.Sc (Hons) de­gree. Fur­ther de­grees from Leeds Uni­ver­sity, an MA (Econ) and Grad­u­ate Cer­tifi­cate in Ed­u­ca­tion (First Class) fol­lowed.

Af­ter 10 years in ed­u­ca­tion as eco­nomics mas­ter and sixth form tu­tor at Leeds Gram­mar School, then head of eco­nomics at King Ed­ward VII School Sh­effield and se­nior lec­turer in eco­nomics at Pre­ston Uni­ver­sity, he joined the Depart­ment of Trade and In­dus­try as a Se­nior Re­search Of­fi­cer, work­ing with econ­o­mists on re­gional pol­icy is­sues, both im­ple­men­ta­tion of ex­ist­ing pol­icy and ad­vis­ing on new pol­icy is­sues.

He then be­came Deputy Direc­tor of the North West Industrial Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion. In 1973 and 1974 he set up a new Depart­ment of Busi­ness Stud­ies at Hong Kong Polytech­nic be­fore be­com­ing head of industrial devel­op­ment at Der­byshire County Coun­cil.

Be­tween 1975 and 1980 he was Direc­tor of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment at Strath­clyde Re­gional Coun­cil, where his re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­cluded the or­gan­i­sa­tion of all industrial pro­mo­tion ac­tiv­i­ties and ad­vis­ing ex­ist­ing in­com­ing com­pa­nies on the avail­abil­ity of funds from the UK and Euro­pean Union.

He im­ple­mented ini­tia­tives to stim­u­late em­ploy­ment and ar­ranged a con­sul­tancy ser­vice for small firms in con­junc­tion with lo­cal uni­ver­si­ties and col­leges. He also un­der­took work for the Coun­cil of Europe on lo­cal gov­ern­ment and industrial devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives in ru­ral ar­eas in Europe.

In 1980 and 1981, Mr Nut­tall went to Jor­dan as se­nior econ­o­mist with Dar AlHan­dasah to as­sist the Jor­da­nian gov­ern­ment to pro­duce its fiveyear devel­op­ment plan.

Among other roles, he was a tu­tor on the Open Uni­ver­sity’s MBA course, ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Leeds Trust for Ed­u­ca­tion, an in­spec­tor for the Fur­ther Ed­u­ca­tion Fund­ing Coun­cil for Eng­land, an in­spec­tor for the MBA course at Leeds Trinity Col­lege, a Fel­low of the Bri­tish In­sti­tute of Man­age­ment, a mem­ber of the In­sti­tute of Busi­ness Coun­sel­lors and board mem­ber of the Mid­land En­ter­prise Fund (York­shire and Hum­ber re­gion). His nonex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor­ships in­cluded Op­to­met­rics Ltd and York­shire Fund Man­agers.

Mr Nut­tall was recog­nised through­out York­shire and be­yond for his char­i­ta­ble work and sport­ing in­ter­ests. He was chair­man of the Ground­work Trust and co-founder and Trustee of Em­maus Leeds, the char­ity pro­vid­ing a home and mean­ing­ful work for home­less peo­ple.

He was a well-known vet­eran county ten­nis player, still win­ning tro­phies un­til a year ago. He played com­pet­i­tively at Wim­ble­don and other UK tour­na­ments as well as lo­cally at Ilk­ley, Har­ro­gate and Leeds. He was also chair­man of the pres­ti­gious Chapel Aller­ton Lawn Ten­nis & Squash Club.

In his younger days, he was a good foot­baller. He re­called play­ing for Leeds Uni­ver­sity against the Leeds United sec­ond team and mark­ing un­suc­cess­fully a pre­co­cious 16-year-old, so he put in a crunch­ing tackle and knocked the young­ster into the air. The player was Billy Bremner.

He had an im­pact on ev­ery­one he met. Many speak about his in­tel­li­gence, hon­esty and in­tegrity as well as his imag­i­na­tion and en­ergy.

He mar­ried Geral­dine Kelly in 1961 who sur­vives him with two daugh­ters and a son.

WARTIME RE­FLEC­TIONS: Arn­hem vet­eran Nor­man Jones dur­ing a re­turn visit to Hol­land.

TREVOR NUT­TALL: In­tel­li­gence, hon­esty and in­tegrity.

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