Ian Ward

General Manager – The Broadway

Ian Ward has more than 30 years’ experience in the retail sector, beginning with leading high-street fashion and food brands, Marks & Spencer and Safeway.

After managing Stafford Centre in East London since 2008, Ian became Centre Director at St John’s Shopping Centre, Liverpool in 2010. When the centre was sold to InfraRed Capital Partners, Ian oversaw St Johns’ multimillion pound redevelopment which saw footfall growing year-on-year through this period of huge transition.

Ian’s time in Liverpool also saw him take up high profile roles elsewhere in the city, both as a non-executive director at St George’s Quarter and chairman of Liverpool City Central BID executive board. Through his role as part of the Board of Trustees for the charity, Ian also provided an advisory voice to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital’s Ronald McDonald House,

In 2016, Ian crossed the Pennines to become General Manager of The Broadway Bradford. The hotly anticipated £260m development opened just months before his arrival, with Ian working to cement The Broadway’s position as the heart and soul of Bradford since his appointment.

Recognising the centre’s key role in its community, once again, Ian has looked to assist developments across Bradford through other organisations.  As the chair of the Bradford BID Development Group, and a member of Bradford Breakthrough, Ian has worked with many stakeholders to put forth ideas on how to build a sustainable and better future for the city. 

Ian is also a part of the Leadership Group Chamber of Commerce, and has been involved in community projects such as Project Search and One in a Million.  He has also recently taken on an advisory role at a local school, utilising his years of experience to assist further developments all across the city.

Phil Forster

Avaition Development & Corporate Affairs – Leeds Bradforrd International Airport

With over 10 years in media and communications, Phil began his career in television where he spent five years as a reporter with Sky Sports News based across the North of England and Scotland.

He then moved to Newcastle Airport to take on the role of Media & Public Affairs Manager and after spending three years at the north east airport, moved to his current role as Head of External Affairs at Leeds Bradford Airport.

Phil drives the airport’s public affairs strategy, including lobbying on aviation strategy and capacity and is closely involved in work with his colleagues to put customer experience at the heart of the business strategy while boosting connectivity through Yorkshire’s Airport.

Roger Marsh

Chair – Leeds City Region Partnership

Roger is the former senior partner at PWC Leeds and a member of the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Board.

Since becoming Chair of the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership , Roger has led the LEP through a period of significant transformation, securing the country’s largest Local Growth Deal settlement and bringing £1 billion of investment to the region.

Tony Bhogul

MD – Autoelectro Ltd

Tony has grown up in Bradford and has a great passion for the City having business interests in Bradford and has actively been involved in the local community for many years.

His family business, Autoelectro, was established in 1986 and has now grown to be the largest independent remanufacturer and supplier of car parts in its sector in the UK.

He originally graduated as a Mining Engineer but joined the family business due to the turmoil in the mining industry at the time. He also holds a Masters’ Degree in Real Estate.

He and his company have been great supporters of Bradford City football Club being shirt sponsors for three years.

He has also followed up his passion for cars by being involved with the Bradford Classic Car Show which is held annually.

Steve Hartley

Strategic Director for Place, Bradford Council

Steve Hartley is Bradford Council’s Strategic Director for Place, overseeing all activities that contribute to making the District a great place to live, work and enjoy: from economic development, housing, planning and transport to sport, culture, waste management and neighbourhood, customer and community services. 

A Cambridge graduate, Steve has 10 years private sector experience in manufacturing as both a production engineer and an IT systems specialist.

He spent 15 years working in community regeneration, initially in London for City Challenge and Single Regeneration Budget programmes, before returning to his native Bradford in 2000 as Chief Executive of Bradford Trident, the development trust formed to run the New Deal for Communities programme, awarded ‘Regeneration Partnership of the Year’ in 2006.  He joined Bradford Council as Assistant Director for Neighbourhoods in 2008 and is also a non-executive director of the National Association for Neighbourhood Management.