Published: 23rd Feb 2021

Former communities secretary Greg Clark has been named as the new patron of the Institute for Economic Development (IED). Mr Clark takes up the unpaid role from retiring patron and former Manchester City Council chief executive, Sir Howard Bernstein, who held the position for the past four years. The Tunbridge Wells MP served as communities secretary from May 2015 until July 2016 and was secretary of state for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) from 2016 to 2019. ‘The levelling up agenda means that this is an exciting time for economic development and the argument that there is always a local dimension to economic development has been won,’ said Mr Clark. ‘The government has shown a clear commitment to levelling up, but does not yet have a complete set of tools in this area, and organisations like the Institute of Economic Development are well placed to inform policy … (To read the full article, subscribe below)