Q&A with Sir Richard Leese – How will Manchester recover post covid?

Date: Wednesday 28th April 2021
Time: 01:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Location: Zoom, , ,
Cost: £Free for Members/ Non Members: £20 exc VAT
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Sir Richard is well versed in rebuilding after tragedy, early in his leadership he oversaw the major 10-year programme of regeneration of Manchester City Centre following the IRA bomb in 1996. In the wake of the transformation of the city centre, Sir Richard was heavily involved in the successful bid to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games, helping to drive the wide-scale regeneration of east Manchester – the overwhelming positive impact of which continues to this day.

Join us for a Q & A with Sir Richard Leese where we will explore how Manchester has coped with COVID19 and how the business community will recover. With an update on how Manchester City Council is supporting local businesses and advice on how to "reopen safely".

Sir Richard will also highlight how the City Council are tackling rising issues such as unemployment, education and housing.  As an advocate for devolution and place-based budgets, he has a keen political interest in the links between economic development and social policy, developing open democracy and the community leadership role of local authorities.

This is an interactive session, hosted by pro-manchester Chair Anthony Morrow, where guests along with our host will have the opportunity to ask Sir Richard any pressing questions.

 

 

About the Speakers:

Sir Richard Leese Leader - Manchester City Council

Richard Leese was elected to Manchester City Council in 1984. He became Leader of the Council in 1996.

Early in his leadership, Sir Richard oversaw the major 10-year programme of regeneration of Manchester City Centre following the IRA bomb in 1996 – being awarded a CBE in 2001 and then a knighthood for “services to local government” in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his role in the project.

In the wake of the transformation of the city centre, Sir Richard was heavily involved in the successful bid to host the 2002 Commonwealth Games, helping to drive the wide-scale regeneration of east Manchester – the overwhelming positive impact of which continues to this day.

As an advocate for devolution and place-based budgets, Sir Richard has a keen political interest in the links between economic development and social policy, developing open democracy and the community leadership role of local authorities – as well as the role of cities in creating a sustainable future.

Using his position to influence and drive a national debate in these areas, Sir Richard Leese holds a number of prominent roles as Vice Chair of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Chair of the North West Regional Leaders’ Board, Chair of the Core Cities Cabinet and Chair of the LGA City Regions Board.

Regularly named as one of the most powerful Labour politicians in the country, Sir Richard Leese has been influential in informing the national debate on devolution and a passionate supporter of the High Speed Rail (HS2) scheme and the electrification of the Trans Pennine rail routes as a key driver for economic growth in the North.

He is also director of Manchester Airports Holdings Ltd – the company owned by the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester, which owns four UK airports: Manchester Airport, Bournemouth, East Midlands and Stansted – that pays dividends to its members to support local projects.

Sir Richard keeps a comment blog discussing local and national political issues: Councillor Leese’s blog

Anthony Morrow pro-manchester Chair. CEO - OpenMoney

Anthony is chief executive and co-founder of OpenMoney, passionate about making financial advice accessible and affordable to everyone.

He has considerable experience of the financial services industry, most recently as founding partner of discretionary fund manager Tatton Asset Management. Previously, he was a consultant at both Arthur Anderson and KPMG, specialising in regulatory, performance and strategic issues for the life and pensions sector.

Interested In The Event?

If you’re interested in attending, you can book online here.

For any further enquires about this event, contact Nicola.McCormick@pro-manchester.co.uk