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Stannard elected chair of IED

Written by: Prithvi Pandya
Published on: 13 Dec 2022

Tom Stannard [square]Tom Stannard, chief executive of Salford City Council in Greater Manchester, has been appointed as the chair of the Institute of Economic Development (IED) board of directors.

Stannard has worked in a variety of senior economic development, regeneration, growth, skills and policy roles at councils across the north of England and London, and is a former deputy CEO of the UK Learning and Work Institute. He was appointed chief executive at Salford City Council in February 2021.

A chartered surveyor by profession, Stannard has been an IED member since 2017 and a board member since 2019. He replaces outgoing chair Bev Hurley CBE, who remains on the IED board of directors after six years as chair and two years previously as vice-chair.

Stannard said: “This is an exciting time for the IED. The top government priority is to fix the economy which our members are right at the heart of delivering. The opportunity to lead, as chair, a mission to support professionals to build the foundations of future places was very hard to resist.”

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