Corporate Director - Regeneration & Economic Growth,
Tom Stannard is a regeneration, economic development and skills specialist, currently Director of Economy and Skills at Oldham Council in Greater Manchester, one of the ten large 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 leads a wide range of the Council’s economic regeneration programmes and services working across Greater Manchester. These include:
- Strategic lead on economic growth
- Regeneration and capital projects
- Property partnerships and investment
- Asset management, estates and facilities management
- Housing strategy, delivery and partnerships
- Planning - development control and strategic planning
- Employment support including the Get Oldham Working Programme
- Business engagement, enterprise growth and inward investment,
- Post-16 skills and lifelong learning services and strategies,
- Town centre management and markets
- Representing Oldham across Greater Manchester, including implementing the GM Strategic Economic Plan
- A wide range of corporate responsibilities
Tom was previously Deputy Chief Executive at the Learning and Work Institute (formerly NIACE), a UK charity running large scale R&D programmes and public affairs campaigns in the skills, lifelong learning and employment support sectors. His previous 15 years in local government included 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.
In 2011 he was voted "one to watch" in the Local Government Chronicle's 50 most influential UK Local Government figures, securing 2011 "Council of the Year" rating for Blackburn through low council tax and consistent improvement in public satisfaction.
Tom is a Member 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).
In September 2018 Tom joins Wakefield City Council in West Yorkshire as the new Corporate Director – Regeneration and Economic Growth.