Levelling Up - Measuring Levelling Up – Using Evidence to Inform Policy


Tom Bridges

Experienced professional in city strategy, economic development, urban and regional policy, inward investment and business support, regeneration, planning policy, and transport strategy.

Arup Leeds Office Leader and Director Cities Advisory, leading work to develop client and civic relationships and promoting collaboration, innovation, quality, health and safety and diversity for Arup's Leeds Office, which has 400 staff.

Responsible for developing and leading Arup's growing city focused advisory activity in the UK. The role includes advising on city and city region strategies for economic development, inclusive growth, skills and innovation, supporting clients on funding and finance, socio economic advice, housing growth, neighbourhood renewal, regeneration programmes and other city-wide potential strategies.

Previously Chief Officer Economy and Regeneration for Leeds City Council, the UK's second largest metropolitan local authority. Responsible for economic policy, economic growth, inward investment and tourism, business support, regeneration and property, HS2 Growth Strategy, the proposals for modernising Leeds Railway Station (the busiest transport hub in the north of England), the Leeds inclusive growth strategy, and input to the Core Cities and Northern Powerhouse initiatives.