Panel Session: Communication In West Yorkshire

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Panel Session: Communication In West Yorkshire

Event Title:

Communication In West Yorkshire

Scheduled Time:

10:00am until 10:45am

Hosted By:

Keith Madeley, Chairman of the Yorkshire Society

The Panel will discuss the overall transport network in West Yorkshire and will also consider Bradford’s position on the national rail network.

Business in the Region relies heavily on good transport links and the Panel will also examine the current road network and discuss current areas subject to continual congestion.

The third area will concentrate on access to Leeds Bradford Airport and plans for better access to this ever-growing transport hub.

Speaker Profiles

Dermot Bolton - YEN Expo 2017
Dermot is a programme manager with the University of Bradford who over the last three years led the delivery of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone programme. With a strong project management, education and IT background, he has run his own technology business and been a consultant before joining the University. He is a strong believer in innovation and enterprise as drivers for the economy of Bradford, his adopted and family home of the last 24 years.

The commitment to Bradford and a love of all things political led Dermot to co-found and host Bradford Politics in the Pub (@BD_PiP) in 2015. A group that holds regular public meetings to discuss important political issues in a non-partisan setting. With guests from politics, academia, journalism and the community, it uses an irreverent style to help people break from their social media echo chambers and listen to different views.

As well as providing an interesting and engaging midweek evening out in Bradford. Previous events have demonstrated a strong interest in issues such as devolution, transport, Brexit and regeneration – things that affect the future of this city.

Keith Madeley - YEN Expo 2017
Following his appointment as British Rails youngest Station Manager at 21 in the South East, Keith returned to his native Yorkshire and in 1976 Co-founded an Independent Financial Advisory business which he ran for over 30 years.

Keith was appointed Chairman of the Yorkshire Society in 2002 and soon became known as ‘Mr Yorkshire’. He has a deep commitment to promoting “unity in the community” and through his association with the Yorkshire Society has engaged with members of the diverse cultures to be found in Yorkshire to work together to promote understanding, mutual respect and seek opportunities to engage in various ways.

Keith has an abiding interest in education and young people and in 2007 was appointed Chair of Governors of the David Young Community Academy in Leeds. Furthering his interest in the welfare and wellbeing of young people, Keith was appointed Regional Chair of the Prince’s Trust in 2009 and completed his 3 year term in 2012. Keith founded a new business club in Leeds, Trinity Club Leeds, in 2014 which became Unity Club in 2017 and is now based at Leeds Beckett University furthering links between Business and Education. One of his main current roles is to seek opportunities by working with the corporate sector to identify new topics for the highly successful Cones Children’s books.

He was awarded the MBE in the 2011 New Year’s Honours List for “Service to the Communities of Yorkshire.” He was installed as an Honorary Lay Canon of Ripon Cathedral in 2013 for his work at the David Young Community Academy and service to the business community of Leeds.

Dave Pearson - YEN Expo 2017
West Yorkshire Combined Authority is the statutory transport authority for the West Yorkshire conurbation including Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Halifax and Wakefield.

Dave is responsible for bus services and transport facilities leading on the Authority’s relationships with transport providers. Dave has worked for the Authority since 2002 having previously been a Transport Planner at City of York. In 2013-14, he was seconded to the role of Director of Transport and Highways for the Tour de France in Yorkshire.

Alex Ross-Shaw - YEN Expo 2017
Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw is the Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning & Transport on Bradford Council, with a brief that also covers Housing and Asset Management. Prior to this he worked in the private sector in utilities, combining this with his role as a ward Councillor for Windhill & Wrose in Shipley.

As Portfolio Holder, Alex has led on the Council’s campaign ( to secure a city centre stop on the proposed high-speed Northern Powerhouse Rail line in Bradford, which has garnered support from the Leeds City Region and the business community. This would provide a £1bn boost to the local economy, attracting significant inward investment and helping create thousands of jobs.

Bradford Council continues to support the regeneration of Bradford city centre through its award-winning City Centre Growth Zone scheme, which recently won an award at the Revo Gold Awards. The scheme offers funding for businesses investing in the city centre and interested businesses can contact the dedicated Invest in Bradford team for support and information (

Alex is currently working with Bradford Live and the NEC Group to secure the funding necessary to restore the Bradford Odeon in a £20m project to create the largest mid-sized concert venue in the country outside of London. The venue would attract hundreds of thousands of visitors to the district every year and provide a major boost to the Leeds City Region economy.

Whether in Economic Development, Planning or Transport, Alex and his teams strive to provide strong business support and to create the conditions necessary to see Bradford’s many entrepreneurs flourish. Only with successful businesses can we see a growing economy with good jobs and a great quality of life for everyone in Bradford.

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