Those of us who work in the voluntary sector or in government-funded services, are often painfully aware of the effects of ongoing budget cuts. We see the effect they have in the lives of the people who use our services and also the effect they have on the level of service we’re able to offer.
Tom Riordan, Chief Executive at Leeds City Council, has the unenviable task of overseeing how those cuts will be implemented on a local level. He’ll be speaking to Touchstone staff and guests at the third of our lunchtime Leadership Masterclass sessions on Monday 8th June.
The youngest ever Chief Executive of Leeds City Council, Tom has helped set ambitious ‘Best Council’ goals for Leeds to become the UK’s Best City by 2030.
Together with the Leader, Keith Wakefield, and working across all political groups, Tom has overseen £145million of efficiency savings, pioneer status for the city’s health and social care work, transformation of the council’s Children’s Services, and one of the leading devolution and city deals in the UK for the Leeds City Region since 2010.
Tom also contributed to delivery of the 2014 Tour de France Grand Départ and is currently supporting Leeds’ bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2023.
Tom has come full circle from a North Yorkshire state education, via Oxford University, a Civil Service fast stream career on international environmental policy to leading the Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward.
Ever forward-looking, Tom is a member of the UK government’s Smart Cities Forum and drove the Commission that set out a new “civic enterprise blueprint” for the Future of Local Government in 2012.
Tom will be talking at Tiger 11, Hillside, Beeston Road, LS11 8ND from 12 noon to 2pm on Monday 8th June. Lunch will be provided.
There are limited places, so please book by emailing
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