LEADER OF CITY COUNCIL JOINS FOUNDATION BOARD
The Leeds United Foundation has announced the addition of the Leader of Leeds City Council, Judith Blake, to the Trustee Board, following the recent appointment of Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani.
Councillor Blake was elected as the first ever female Leader of Leeds City Council in May 2015. She represents Middleton & Belle Isle in Leeds and is also the Council’s Executive Board Member for Economy and Culture, playing a key role in attracting major national and international inward investment in to Leeds.
In July 2016 Cllr Blake was announced as Chair of the Core Cities Group. The Group represents the Councils of England’s eight largest city economies outside London, along with Glasgow and Cardiff. She is also Vice Chair of the LGA’s Environment, Economy, Housing & Transport Board.
Leeds City Council leader Councillor Judith Blake said:
“It is a real honour as a lifelong fan of the club to be appointed as a trustee for the Leeds United Foundation.
“Leeds United is steeped in the fabric of our city, and its ability to inspire especially young people and create a real sense of pride in our communities is huge. I very much welcome therefore that Andrea has also agreed to become a trustee, which will strengthen further the links between the club and the foundation.
“I look forward to working with Andrea and other trustees of the foundation to see how we can build on the community programme already on offer.”
The Leeds United Foundation Chief Executive Officer, Alan Scorfield said:
“We’re delighted to welcome Councillor Blake as a Trustee to the charity along with her considerable expertise and knowledge of the Leeds community.
She is a highly respected member of local government, by all parties, and her voice is one that provides real hope, optimism and understanding for the City. As a Foundation we very much look forward to hearing her ideas and thoughts in helping add even greater value and expertise to The Leeds United Foundation”
Councillor Blake has been an elected member since 1996. Her time as a Councillor has seen her hold responsibility for a broad range of portfolios including Planning, Education and Leisure. She currently chairs the Council’s Executive Board and has also served as a board member for NHS Leeds and the West Yorkshire Police Authority.
In her role as Executive Member for Children’s and Families’ Councillor Blake helped Children’s Services achieve an Ofsted rating of ‘good overall’ with a rating of ‘outstanding’ for Leadership and Management, only 4 other authorities have an ‘outstanding’ rating within their report.
Her role as Trustee begins with immediate effect.
The work of The Leeds United Foundation can be seen at: www.leedsunitedfoundation.com