Councillor Susan Hinchcliffe is Leader of Bradford Council and in August 2017 was elected as Chair of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, which is now the only female led Combined Authority in the country. During her time at the Combined Authority, Susan has always been a lead on Skills, and now as Chair maintains this passion and responsibility.
Susan is driven to achieve great things for the region, focusing on the central priorities of boosting productivity, delivering 21st century transport and enabling inclusive and clean growth. Susan, alongside fellow West Yorkshire Leaders, focuses on these priorities to progress the region’s ambitions and contribute to the Combined Authority’s vision of making the region known globally as a place where everyone can build great businesses, careers and lives.
Before politics Susan had her own business, worked in a Marketing agency and spent five years in a management role at a national newspaper. Until being elected as Council Leader she had been working for Business in the Community, a national charity which promotes responsible business practice. There she managed the Healthy High Streets regeneration programme, a national programme operating in 67 towns across the UK.
As Chair of the Combined Authority Susan is dedicated to the task of driving the region forward as an outward-looking, confident and thriving economy with an enterprising young population, a proud past and an exciting future.