Sir Richard Leese CBE

Sir Richard Leese CBE

Sir Richard Leese CBE is the Leader of Manchester City Council.  He was born, brought up and went to school in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.  After graduating from the University of Warwick, he worked as a teacher in Coventry and as an exchange teacher in the USA before moving to Manchester to take up a post as a youth worker.  He was elected to Manchester City Council in 1984 and was Deputy Leader from 1990 to 1996 having previously Chaired the Education Committee (1986-90) and Finance Committee (1990-95). 

Political interests include the links between economic development and social policy, developing open democracy and the community leadership role of local authorities; and the role of cities in creating a sustainable future.  He is heavily involved in regeneration activity including being on the board of the Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company and is Chair of Manchester Airport Group Shareholders Committee, Deputy Leader of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and Chair of the Regional Leaders’ Board (RLB).  

Interests outside politics include cinema, music, and sport as a spectator (principally football and cricket), a regular runner and cycling to the Town Hall most days.