Cllr Keith Wakefield
Councillor Keith Wakefield has been an elected member of Leeds City Council since 1988. He was Leader of Leeds City Council for ten years. Keith represents the Kippax and Methley Ward, covering many of the former mining villages in the East of Leeds.
Prior to being Leader of the Council, he was Leader of the Opposition for six years, served as Deputy Leader of the Council and also a member of the Executive.
He is currently Chair of West Yorkshire Combined Authority’s Transport Committee. Keith serves on a number of Boards including the LGA’s Leadership Board and the LGA Executive. He is also a Director of the Leeds United Foundation, is on the Board of Trustees of the West Yorkshire Playhouse and is a Governor of Brigshaw High School.
During his time at Leeds City Council, Keith had major involvement in a number of key developments in the city including the First Direct Arena, Trinity Leeds, Eastgate Quarter, High Speed 2 rail link, City Deal, East Leeds Extension, Leeds Apprenticeship Training Agency, Leeds City College and securing the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France.
Professionally, he worked for over 25 years as a lecturer in Further Education until he gave up work to commit himself full-time to being Leader of Leeds City Council.
B.A. Hons in Government & Administration 1974 - 77
M.A. Industrial Relations 1977 - 78
P.G.C.E Huddersfield Higher Education 1981 - 82
Manual/Clerical in Local Government 1969 - 74
Lecturer in Industrial Relations, Health & Safety & 1978 - 03
BTec Public Administration at Warrington & Wakefield Colleges
Workers Education Association and Open University 1980 – 82
Keith likes to keep fit with a variety of exercise, including cycling and walking and is a keen sports fan supporting Leeds United, as well as following cricket and rugby league.
He has a son, two daughters and two grandchildren