Cllr Peter Marland, Leader, Milton Keynes Council
Pete was born in Lancashire and has very strong family connections to Liverpool He attended Bacup & Rawtenstall Grammar School and the University of Liverpool, being awarded a BA (Hons) in Politics.
While at university he started work for Liverpool Football Club, followed by a number of different roles for Members of Parliament, including for a HM Treasury Minister, covering policy, communications and campaigns. In 2010 he moved into the private sector and until 2014 was Finance Manager for a FTSE 250 company in the automotive industry.
Pete has been Leader of Milton Keynes Council since May 2014. He initiated the innovative MK Futures 2050 Commission, has progressed a bid for European Capital of Culture 2023, and helped develop the concept of MK:IT, a university for Milton Keynes based on developing skills and employment around knowledge intensive industry.
Milton Keynes is a fast growing and innovative city with a reputation for being at the cutting edge of infrastructure delivery and urban design. As Leader Pete has developed links with many organisations supporting sustainable urban growth, such as Energy Cities, the Catapult Network and UK100 Cities Network. He has spoken at events in Westminster, Munich, Barcelona, Shanghai and Hong Kong on issues such as urban planning, infrastructure investment and the impact of technology on growth.
He is a Board Member of Milton Keynes Development Partnership, the South East Midlands Enterprise Partnership and MK Gallery. He helped establish the Fast Growing Cities Group of local authorities including Oxford and Cambridge, and is a member of the Resources Board of the Local Government Association.
His interests outside politics include sport, comedy and history. He supports Liverpool Football Club and enjoys spending time with his young son.
The UK Chancellor’s Autumn Statement announcement regarding the new £23 billion National Productivity Investment Fund included infrastructure investments of over £2.6 billion to improve transport networks, a multi-million pound package to accelerate the future of broadband and £7.2 billion to support the construction of new homes. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will receive more money […]