Tom Stannard, Chief Executive of Salford City Council in Greater Manchester, has been appointed as the new Chair of the Institute for Economic Development (IED) Board of Directors.
In a long and distinguished career in local government spanning over 25 years, Tom has held a variety of senior economic development, regeneration, growth, skills and policy roles on councils in the North of England and London. UK Learning and Work Institute. He was appointed Chief Executive of Salford City Council in his February 2021.
As National Spokesperson for SOLACE and Commissioner of the Living Wage Foundation, Tom, formerly Director of the Center for Regional Economic Strategies (CLES), is a nationally recognized expert in local government, public service reform and public service reform. has built a reputation for He delivers inclusive economic growth.
A chartered surveyor by profession, Tom has been a member of the IED since 2017 and a member of its board since 2019. After the Institute’s annual general meeting on the 5th,th In December, Tom will succeed the outgoing Bev Hurley CBE. Bev Hurley CBE will remain on the IED Board after serving as Chair for six years and as Vice Chair two years ago.
“I am delighted to be appointed Chair of the Economic Development Institute as a UK-wide institution of excellence representing our diverse professions. We want to build on the impact and growth we have achieved, the work that drives membership and engagement,” said Tom. “IED as a UK professional agency is utterly unique. We aim to double our size as part of our ambitious plans for future growth.With IED’s sector-leading advocacy, insights, networks and CPD program, I will continue to grow my business over the years. As a supportive member, I have personally seen the benefits.”
The past 12 months have been a reminder of the diversity of economic development. Through placemaking, regeneration, town center management, infrastructure provision, land and property development, enterprise promotion, business support, inward investment, employability, skills, innovation and other areas. General economic development shows how IED members support the sector in its broadest sense.
“Given the growing synergies between professionals in planning, surveying, engineering, highways, transportation and other fields, and the enormous impact that economic development can have on health and well-being outcomes, Then it goes further, ” Tom explained. “We have an increasingly diverse membership of local governments, LEPs, higher education institutions, government departments, and consultants supporting economic development, and we aim to further expand this diversity and inclusion in economic development. Promoting CPD is a key priority for me as I lead the Institute, and I intend to forge strong partnerships with other professional bodies, including advocacy, public relations, policy alliances, and support for excellent CPD offers. It includes providing better access.”
Tom continues: The government’s top priority is to fix the economy at the heart of what our members serve. The opportunity to chair a mission to help professionals build the foundations of the future place was very difficult to resist.
Bev Hurley CBE added: Serving professionally is a great privilege, and as I serve on the board she continues to serve on the IED board. I look forward to supporting Tom, the Board and the members of IED as they celebrate his 40th anniversary as a successful professional association. “