Michael Ward Consulting Ltd

About Michael Ward

Michael Ward set up Michael Ward Consulting in 2009 in order to pursue his interests in public policy. His work since then has covered regional and urban policy, the future of the welfare state, and many aspects of economic development. He is a Research Fellow with the Smith Institute (http://www.smith-institute.org.uk/).


In a long career in local economic development and regeneration, he has held many senior posts, including:


              *  Chief Executive of the London Development Agency


              *  Chief Executive of the Kent Thameside Delivery Board


              *  Chief Executive of the British Urban Regeneration Association


From 1987 to 2000, Michael lived and worked in Manchester, where he was Chief Executive of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies. Before that, he was part of the leadership of the Greater London Council until its abolition in 1986, chairing its Industry and Employment Committee. In the last year of the GLC's work he was its Deputy Leader.


In addition to his policy work, Michael chairs the Boards of two organizations he helped to found while at the GLC:


             *  The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) (www.cles.org.uk)


                 CLES is an independent think-doing organisation,with charitable

                 status, involved in regeneration, economic development, and local



             *  Twin (www.twin.org.uk)


                 Twin is a pioneer and leader of the fair trade movement, working to

                 build better lives for the poorest and most marginalized in the trading



Michael and his family live in Furzedown, south west London. He has a first degree from University College Oxford, in Philosophy Politics and Economics, and a Masters degree in Social and Economic History from Birkbeck University of London.


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