Ian Ward has more than 30 years’ experience in the retail sector, beginning with leading fashion and food brands Marks & Spencer and Safeway.
He joined Land Securities in 2008 managing the Stratford Centre in East London, guiding the scheme through a major operational transformation to reduce crime levels and improve the shopping environment for both customers and staff.
Ian returned to the North in 2010, taking on the role of centre director at St Johns Shopping Centre, Liverpool. He managed the shopping centre throughout a period of huge transition. St Johns was sold to InfraRed Capital Partners and Ian oversaw a multimillion pound redevelopment, throughout which the centre remained fully operational. Footfall at St Johns grew year on year under Ian’s leadership, against the backdrop of building works and the toughest economic climate seen in a generation.
Ian’s time in Liverpool saw him take up high profile roles elsewhere in the city. He led the way on developing strategic partnerships with local organisations, both as a non-executive director at St George’s Quarter and chairman of Liverpool City Central BID executive board, representing more than 630 businesses in Liverpool City Centre.
Ian’s appointment as Chairman of the BID followed his efforts to bring the UK’s very first privately funded city centre police station to Liverpool. When government funding cutbacks threatened the level of visible policing in the city, Ian worked with City Central BID and Merseyside Police to fund and fit out a police station within St Johns.
Ian maintains his place on the Board of Trustees at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital’s Ronald McDonald House. Here, as well as assisting in large scale fundraising, he offers an advisory voice to the charity on capital expenditure and management of building works.
In 2016, Ian crossed the Pennines to become general manager of The Broadway, Bradford. The hotly anticipated £260m Westfield development opened just months before his arrival. Ian brings his vast experience to the scheme as he works to cement The Broadway’s position as the heart and soul of Bradford.
General Manager | The Broadway, Bradford
Board of Trustees | Alder Hey RMHC