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Tom Riordan

Chief Executive, Leeds City Council

Tom has been Chief Executive of Leeds City Council since 2010 and during this time has overseen £300m of efficiencies across the organisation and a significant transformation of the city, which is halfway through a £10bn investment pipeline. Plans are set to double the size and economic impact of the city centre through regeneration of the South Bank, one of the largest city centre regeneration and growth initiatives in Europe. Tom’s top priority is for the city’s growth to be inclusive with a key ambition of reducing health inequalities and improving the health of the poorest the fastest.

In 2018, Tom led the regional bid that secured the new Channel 4 headquarters in Leeds bringing over 300 new jobs and unlocking growth in Yorkshire and the North East. Tom is leading the city’s participation in the Boston MIT global programme which will drive innovation and enterprise across the region, and played a key role in securing and running the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

Tom has come full-circle from a North Yorkshire state education, via Oxford University, a Civil Service fast-stream career in international environmental policy and then leading the Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward.

Martin Farrington

Director, City Development, Leeds City Council

As Director of City Development, Martin has responsibility for the physical, economic and cultural development of Leeds, and has been involved in the city’s major investment successes, such as Channel 4 and Reed Smith.

Eve Roodhouse

Chief Officer, Economy and Culture, Leeds City Council

Eve’s portfolio covers everything from oversight of Leeds Museums and Galleries to economic policy, as well as driving the strategic development of inward investment.

Angela Barnicle

Chief Officer, Asset Management and Regeneration, Leeds City Council

Angela leads on the Asset Management & Regeneration service areas and is focused on delivering optimum real estate solutions and realising the development opportunities for the City.

Belinda Eldridge

Head of Visitor Economy, Inward Investment and International Relations

Belinda is responsible for the city’s inward investment strategy and responding to investment enquiries.

Adam Brannen

Head of Regeneration

Adam is responsible for delivery of the city’s major regeneration programmes.

Tariq Sadiq

Inward Investment Manager

Tariq manages the city’s inward investment activity and is responsible for responding to enquiries.