Tom Stannard crosses the Pennines to join Wakefield Council
Wakefield Council has
appointed a new Corporate Director to head up its regeneration and economic
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, 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.”
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.”