Title: Leader of the Council
Representing: Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
Political grouping: Labour
Councillor Sean Fielding has been Oldham Council Leader since May 2018. Under Sean’s leadership Oldham Council is unapologetically ambitious, attracting businesses, jobs and wealth, while fighting for residents’ rights and taking on the challenges the borough faces.
His priorities include building up education in the borough so every school is good or outstanding, creating new opportunities for young people to gain skills and confidence, and delivering homes so that Oldham is a place they can choose to stay in as they get older.
Sean leads on Education, Skills and Apprenticeships for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. His portfolio includes the devolved Adult Education Budget, GM Working Well (Greater Manchester’s work and health programme), careers and enterprise advice and guidance, digital skills, T-levels, support for older workers, and the GM Apprenticeship Grant for Employers.
The 29-year-old has represented Failsworth ward - where he lives with his girlfriend Sophie - since 2012. In 2013, he was jointly named the LGiU Young Councillor of the Year alongside fellow Assistant Cabinet Members Amanda Chadderton and Arooj Shah (who is now Deputy Leader).
Sean is a member of the Labour Party, the Co-operative party, and UNISON. He is the youngest-ever leader of Oldham Council. He believes in having a strong Cabinet team and values the great partnership working which drives Oldham’s co-operative model of working.
Born at the Royal Oldham Hospital on January 10, 1990, he attended South Failsworth and Failsworth schools. His father was a local bus driver and his mother used to work at Manchester City Council.