Director | IED
Corporate Director, Regeneration and Economic Growth | Wakefield Council
Tom Stannard is a regeneration, economic development and skills specialist. He joined Wakefield Council as Corporate Director, Regeneration and Economic Growth in 2018. His team at the Council has responsibility for Economic Growth and Skills; Planning, Transport and Highways; Environmental Services and Property; and Arts, Culture and Leisure, serving the District’s 340,000 residents and delivering the Council’s 2018-25 Economic Strategy, Successful Business, People, Places. Wakefield has one of the fastest growing economies within the Leeds city region, which is itself the UK’s biggest economic area outside London.
Tom was previously Director of Economy and Skills at Oldham Council in Greater Manchester, serving around 230,000 residents, 5,500+ sectorally diverse businesses in a local economy with GVA of over £3BN p/a, in an area with relatively high levels of diversity and economic deprivation. Tom led a wide range of the Council’s economic regeneration programmes and services, working across Greater Manchester, and was heavily involved in the devolution/city deal agenda.
Prior to Oldham, Tom was Deputy Chief Executive of the Learning and Work Institute, a UK charity running large scale R&D programmes and public affairs campaigns in the skills, lifelong learning and employment support sectors. His previous local government experience includes high performing Councils across the UK - Blackburn with Darwen (Lancashire), the London Borough of Hounslow, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, in a variety of policy and regeneration roles.
Tom is a Chartered Surveyor, a Member and Board Director of the UK Institute of Economic Development (MIED), a Board Director and Trustee of the Manchester-based Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), and in 2016 was appointed deputy national spokesperson on Economic Growth and Housing for SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives).