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Wakefield Council regeneration and economic growth expert appointed to IED Board


Tom Stannard, Corporate Director for Regeneration and Economic Growth at Wakefield Council, has joined the Institute of Economic Development (IED) Board of Directors.

In a career spanning over 20 years Tom has worked in a variety of economic development, regeneration and policy roles in high-performing councils including Oldham Council in Greater Manchester, Blackburn with Darwen and the London Boroughs. He is also a former Deputy CEO of the UK Learning and Work Institute.

Having moved to his current position at Wakefield in 2018, Tom oversees delivery of the Council’s 2018-23 economic strategy for successful business, people and place. He is responsible for regeneration and economic growth services, including economy and skills; planning, transport and highways; environmental services; property; and arts, culture and leisure.

Tom is a Chartered Surveyor, and is also a Board Director at the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) and Deputy National Spokesperson for Economic Prosperity and Housing for SOLACE.

Drawing on his experience, Tom said he was looking forward to sharing his skills with the IED Board and its membership. “I have been an IED member for a number of years and I am keen to see us take a lead role on key issues facing the profession – particularly the climate emergency, labour market issues, and championing sustainable equitable economic growth,” he explained. “I have also seen the Institute develop considerably during that time. In particular, the CPD has really improved and is now a really strong offer. I am keen to add to this further with a broader range of expertise, as well as support membership growth and peer support as I have with SOLACE.”

Tom’s appointment to the IED Board was confirmed in December 2019 after he was elected by his peers. He added: “My aspiration is for the IED to be the voice of practical economic development work on the ground, be assertive on our position nationally and be bold on policy changes which affect us, including planning and sustainability. We should not assume that we have all the answers and we do not have to be isolated in our thinking. There is strength in collaboration with organisations such as CLES, SOLACE and other strategic partners.”

IED Chair Bev Hurley said: “The Board are delighted to welcome Tom and we are sure that his expertise in economic development, regeneration and skills will be of great value to the IED and its members.”


Contact: Phil Smith, Institute of Economic Development PR consultant, 01778 218180 / 07866 436159 / phil@philsmithcommunications.co.uk.

Notes to editors:

The Institute of Economic Development (IED) is the UK’s leading independent professional body representing economic development and regeneration practitioners. Established over 30 years ago, the IED’s key objective is to represent the interests of economic development practitioners and ensure their views are widely expressed and noted. The IED is committed to demonstrating the value of economic development work for local and regional communities; the pursuit of best practice in economic development and the attainment of the highest standards of professional conduct and competence.

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