Warrington's Professor Steve Broomhead joins 'Cultural Cities'
The Chief Executive of Warrington Borough Council, Professor Steve Broomhead, will join our 'Cultural Cities' forum on 10 September with the DCMS, the British Library , Bodleian Libraries and Wright & Wright Architects.
As a former Chair of the National Libraries Taskforce, he received an MBE for services to libraries in the Queen's Birthday Honours. He helped to implement the Independent Library Report and reinvigorate the national public library service. He took up the role of chair in 2018 and has spoken about public libraries as valuable assets for the community that need to be cherished. He was previously chair of Warrington's Libraries Working group, which formed to review the results of consultations over the borough's provision. The group implemented its plan for the future of Warrington's libraries which led to new investment and innovative approaches for the town's library service.
From 2003 to 2011, Professor Broomhead was Chief Executive of the North West Development Agency with a budget of £1 billion per year and was responsible for the economic development and regeneration of the North West. Mayor projects included Media City UK, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Capital of Culture 2008 and the regeneration of Barrow in Furness. He is also a trustee of the National Football Museum.
Professor Broomhead has been a previous contributor to Future Cities Forum. He joined our energy and sustainable cities series which looked at renewable energy strategies, and how district heat networks could work with large cultural institutions as well as hospitals to help provide power for city districts.