Tom Riordan

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The youngest ever Chief Executive of Leeds City Council, Tom drove the Commission that set out in 2012 a new “civic enterprise blueprint” for the Future of Local Government. Since 2010,  he has overseen £180million of efficiency savings across the organisation, pioneer status for the city’s health and social care work, transformation of the council’s Children’s Services to the praise of Ofsted with Leeds rated “good” with “outstanding” leadership in 2015.

Along with the leader of the council, Tom has set an ambition for Leeds to be the best city in the UK. Tom has been influential in ensuring significant progress and investment in Leeds which saw both the First Direct Arena and Trinity shopping centre completed ahead of schedule. More than £3.8 billion has been invested in large scale development projects over the last decade and the city has over 1 million square foot of office and commercial space under construction, £200 million of retail investment including Victoria Gate which will have the largest John Lewis outside London, the expansion of Leeds railway station (already the busiest station in the north) to include the HS2 terminus, and the 136 hectare South Bank development. He contributed to securing and delivering the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ, with sights now set on the city becoming the European Capital of Culture in 2023.

Ever forward-looking, Tom is a member of the UK government’s Smart Cities Forum and a trustee on the Centre for Cities Board.