* Special Episode * Sir Richard Leese - The Leader Who Built This City

Nov 25, 2021, 12:01 AM

“Cities are about the people who live in them, not the things and the buildings.” On December 1st Manchester City Council leader, Sir Richard Leese, is stepping down after 25 years. Released on the day he and his colleagues will be gathering to celebrate an incredible tenure, this special episode of We Built This City is reflecting on his career. Lisa Morton shares highlights from their first conversation back in June and hears what Sir Richard is looking forward to as they catch up in the final days of his position.

“Cities are about the people who live in them, not the things and the buildings.”

On December 1st Manchester City Council leader, Sir Richard Leese, is stepping down after 25 years. Released on the day he and his colleagues will be gathering to celebrate an incredible tenure, this special episode of We Built This City is reflecting on his career. Lisa Morton shares highlights from their first conversation back in June and hears what Sir Richard is looking forward to as they catch up in the final days of his position.  

Sir Richard Leese started his tenure in May 1996 less than a month before the fateful IRA bomb; since that day he has worked around the clock to rebuild the city in a way that has given Mancs their “swagger” back. From The Commonwealth games to the regeneration of the city centre to Manchester International Festival there are so many tangible ways that Sir Richard’s legacy has bettered the city. 

Hear as Sir Richard tells Lisa about his new role leading the Greater Manchester Health and Care Board working to deliver better health prospects for the people of Greater Manchester and learn what lessons he will be taking forward with him from his time in civic leadership.

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Your host, Lisa Morton, started PR company Roland Dransfield in 1996, one month after the fateful IRA bomb that tore apart the city centre.  From that point, the business, and its team members, have been involved in helping to support the creation of Modern Manchester – across regeneration, business, charity, leisure and hospitality, sport and culture.

To celebrate the 25 years that Roland Dransfield has spent creating these bonds, Lisa is gathering together some of her Greater Mancunian ‘family’ and will be exploring how they have created their own purposeful relationships with the best place in the world.

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