Tom Stannard crosses the Pennines to join Wakefield Council

04/06/2018, PR8814

Tom Stannard
Tom Stannard

Wakefield Council has appointed a new Corporate Director to head up its regeneration and economic growth services.

Tom Stannard, who is currently the Director of Economy and Skills at Oldham Council in Greater Manchester, will join Wakefield Council on 5 September. He replaces Andrew Wallhead who has taken up a new post at WDH.

At Oldham, Tom is responsible for all aspects of the Council's economic development and skills services, including housing growth, major capital projects, inward investment, skills and employment support. His team is currently delivering town centre regeneration, the Broadway Green, Hollinwood Junction and Cultural Quarter redevelopment projects, and the Get Oldham Working employment support programme.

Prior to Oldham, Tom was the Deputy Chief Executive at the Learning and Work Institute (formerly NIACE) - a UK charity running large scale research and development and public affairs programmes in the skills, lifelong learning and employment support sectors. He also has extensive experience from London and North West local government, in a variety of policy and regeneration roles in high performing councils.

Cllr Peter Box CBE
Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council

Commenting on his appointment, the Leader of Wakefield Council, Cllr Peter Box CBE, said: “I am pleased to welcome Tom to Wakefield with a clear remit to build on the economic and regeneration success we have already achieved and help us to deliver further economic growth that is inclusive, benefits everyone who lives in the district and helps reduce poverty.”

Merran McRae

Wakefield Council’s Chief Executive, Merran McRae said: “I am very pleased to welcome Tom to our senior management team.

“With a 21 year track record in local government and national organisations, he brings a wealth of experience in economic development, regeneration and skills. Tom has a strong belief in connecting communities to the benefits of economic growth, which makes him ideally placed to lead this directorate and deliver on our commitment to make Wakefield a place where people thrive, businesses succeed and visitors are welcome.

“I look forward to working with him when he takes up his new post.”

Originally from London, Tom has lived and worked in the North of England for the last 11 years. He is married and a father of two, with a keen interest in sports including running, cycling, and hiking.

Tom Stannard said: “I am very excited about joining Wakefield Council and being part of one of the fastest growing economies in the region, with an impressive cultural offer and a great reputation for regeneration. The council has clear and strong ambitions for its people, economy and communities and I am looking forward to supporting Members in building on its recent successes.”

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