About this event

From orphanage toddler to head of one of the country's largest local authorities – Leeds City Council leader, Keith Wakefield, will share how he beat the odds to land the big job in a rare talk at Leeds Minster.

Councillor Keith Wakefield was first elected to Leeds City Council in 1988. He is the Leader of Leeds City Council and has been the Leader of the Labour Group for seven years.

The 65-year-old former factory worker will also tackle issues facing the £2bn-budget council, such as devolution and transport.

Keith also currently chairs a number of Boards including Leeds City Council’s Executive Board and Leeds Initiative Executive as well as being Vice Chair of Leeds City Region Board and serving as a Director of Leeds, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce.

As you will appreciate, Keith's experience has covered many pivotal moments in the region's history, and he will be sharing this, plus many more insights into his thoughts on leadership, plus the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Fittingly, to mark the end of our current Yorkshire Talking Heads season, this event will be hosted at Leeds Minster. Each ticket includes a two course dinner and a glass of wine.