Sir Richard Leese CBE

Title: Leader of the Council

Representing:  Manchester City Council

Party: Labour

Political grouping: Labour

Committee appointments

Additional Information

Born, brought up and went to school in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. After graduating from the University of Warwick, 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. Employed variously in youth work, community work, and education research, 1979-1988. Elected to the City Council in 1984. 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.

Heavily involved in regeneration activity including being on the board of the Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company. 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.