Tom Bridges, Chief Officer Economy & Regeneration, Leeds City Council
Tom is responsible for Leeds City Council’s economic development, property and regeneration functions, and strategic policy on growth and the Northern Powerhouse.
Tom is overseeing major regeneration and growth projects, including: the HS2 growth strategy for Leeds; the future plans for transforming Leeds railway station, the busiest station in the north; Leeds South Bank, a 136 hectare regeneration opportunity in Leeds city centre; Leeds Innovation District, the proposal to develop a 21st century science park in Leeds city centre based around the redevelopment of the Leeds General Infirmary site, East Leeds Extension, a plan-led expansion of 5,000 new homes and a major new road; and the Leeds Enterprise Zone in the Aire Valley where over 05m sq ft of commercial development has been brought forward in the last three years.
Tom started his career with London First, the business-led campaign. Before joining Leeds City Council in 2012, Tom worked for Arup for 13 years in a number of roles, including leading the Arup’s planning and economics practice in the north of England.
The UK Government together with the devolved regional powers are creating the ideal environment for investment in regeneration projects across the UK. With the recently announced Government support, further regional devolution coming to life in May 2017 and the establishment of devolved fiscal powers, there have never been so many investment opportunities opened in UK […]