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.