Tom Stannard


“CLES is a values led consultancy, unique in the UK economic development market, and champions work that is critical to sustainable economic renewal for the country.  I have been proud to be a supporter and board director for a number of years”

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 335,000 residents and delivering the Council’s 2018-25 Economic Strategy, Successful Business, People, Places.

Tom was previously Director of Economy and Skills at Oldham Council in Greater Manchester, one of the ten GM local authorities.  Oldham Council serves 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.

Specialist areas:

Economic development, skills, property, planning and infrastructure, and social justice in economic strategy

Specialist support to CLES:

Tom is supporting work across all of our themes

Professional affiliations:

Board Member of Bridge Homes Yorkshire (housing development JV between the Council and Wakefield District Housing), representing Wakefield on the Leeds City Region Directors of Development Group, and General Partner Board Member of the Leeds City Region Revolving Investment Fund

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