Levelling Up - Using Open Data to Address Levelling Up

Speaker

Alan Reiss

Alan has been a Director at the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and Leeds City Region LEP since October 2018. He has been Director of Strategy, Communications and Policing since May 2021 following the election of Tracy Brabin as Mayor of West Yorkshire.

Over the last three years he has been responsible for leading the Combined Authority's work on economic and transport strategy and policy, and played a key role supporting the five Leaders of West Yorkshire Councils to negotiate the West Yorkshire Devolution Deal agreed in March 2020.

Prior to this he spent four years as Chief Executive of the Office of the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, leading change across local policing, community safety and criminal justice in the North East. A Senior Civil Servant by background, Alan was previously Deputy Director of Strategy at the Department for Education, and has held a range of other roles in Whitehall.

He holds a degree in Politics with International Studies and an MA in International Relations from the University of Warwick, where he was also Education Officer and Deputy President of the Students' Union.

He is married and kept busy by two young children, and his hobbies include hiking, cooking, and theatre.

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