Tom Stannard

LGC Future Places speakers

 Tom Stannard

Tom Stannard

Wakefield Council , Corporate Director, Regeneration & Economic Growth

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.

Prior to Oldham, Tom was the Deputy Chief Executive of 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 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)

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