Yorkshire Post

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.

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WARTIME REFLECTION­S: Arnhem veteran Norman Jones during a return visit to Holland.
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TREVOR NUTTALL: Intelligen­ce, honesty and integrity.

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