Published: 26th Feb 2021

The Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) has appointed Sarah Longlands as its new chief executive. Ms Longlands, who is currently director of IPPR North, will take over from the current chief executive, Neil McInroy in June. Originally from Northern Ireland, Ms Longlands holds a PhD on the influence of economic growth policy on spatial planning in England. Prior to this, from 2005 to 2011, Sarah worked at CLES, initially as a senior consultant before becoming director of policy. Prior to her time at CLES, she held economic development roles within North Yorkshire and Durham councils. Her appointment comes as CLES celebrates its 35th anniversary and prepares to expand its reach into new national and international locations and opens a new chapter in its mission. ‘I am very excited to be joining CLES as its new chief executive at what is a critical time for the UK’s future,’ said Ms … (To read the full article, subscribe below)