Councillor Leigh Bramall has announced that he is standing down as Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council, to take up a new role in communications having worked in this field before entering the Cabinet.
Councillor Bramall has been a councillor for Southey since 2004. He has served in the Cabinet for nearly six years since May 2011 and as Deputy Leader of the Council for two years since 2015.
In this period Councillor Bramall has led the Business and Economy portfolio working to bring jobs and investment to the city. He has led a number of key achievements working with Councillor Julie Dore, the Leader of the Council, including securing the largest Chinese investment deal of any city outside London, the development of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, fighting for a Sheffield city centre HS2 station location, resurrecting the Sheffield Retail Quarter project and leading the campaign to establish Sheffield as the UK’s Outdoor City.
Councillor Bramall will also be standing down as ward Councillor for Southey.
Councillor Leigh Bramall, said:
“I have been privileged to have the opportunity to serve Sheffield, working on cementing the city’s economic future and ensure we are creating jobs, growth and investment opportunities. I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved, in the past year we have seen a number of very high profile businesses coming to the city, new developments being built and investors choosing to put their money into Sheffield.
“Sheffield is a special city and has many unique attributes with much to offer, this can be seen as we grow to become the country’s centre of Advanced Manufacturing and as the Outdoor City.
“After being in the Cabinet for six years and a councillor for 13 years, I have put everything into my job and love what I do. I remain 100% committed to the work of the Labour council. But I have to put my family first and now is the right time for me to move on. I am moving to a fantastic Sheffield company and feel this is a great opportunity for me to start a new chapter in my professional career which also allows me to stay in Sheffield, the city that I love.
“I would especially like to thank the people of Southey who I have represented for nearly 13 years. It has been an honour to serve the community, working with some fantastic people who make a real difference for the area.”
Councillor Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council said:
“Leigh has thrived in the Business and Economy Portfolio where he has made a real difference in driving forward some of the city’s key economic ambitions such as the Innovation District, the city centre and Outdoor City project. He is passionate and committed to Sheffield, it has been a pleasure working with him over the past 13 years.
“He has been dedicated to serving the people of Sheffield as Deputy Leader of the Council and given his all to the job. This inevitably takes its toll on your personal life and I completely understand and respect the decision he has made. I wish him all the best for his future career.”