Q & A with Tom Riordan: Chief executive of Leeds Council

As Leeds recovers from the Christmas floods and braces itself for further economic shocks, chief executive of Leeds Council Tom Riordan talks to New Start about resilience, compassion and trying not to emulate London _______________________________________________ Q: Leeds was hit badly by floods on Boxing Day 2015, impacting on small businesses in particular. What did the crisis show about the resilience of the city? A: The floods were a huge challenge to us, but out of adversity came this great response. Leeds is interesting as it has a very enterprising culture. I’ve worked in different cities in the north and there’s definitely something about Leeds that is linked to its past as a city of one hundred trades. People gravitate towards it and do things differently here. There are two things I’ve found interesting about the response to the floods. One is that we set up a fund to help those … (To read more, subscribe below)

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Clare Goff

Clare Goff

Clare Goff is editor of New Start magazine

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