Mayor of Greater Manchester
First elected as Mayor of Greater Manchester in May 2017, Andy was re-elected for a second term in May 2021. Formerly MP for Leigh from 2001, he also held ministerial positions at the Home Office, Department of Health and HM Treasury. In 2008 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, before returning to Health as Secretary of State in 2009. In opposition, Andy has served as Shadow Education Secretary, Shadow Health Secretary and Shadow Home Secretary.
As Mayor, Andy’s desire to put Greater Manchester firmly on the map for UK business and technology has made him a prominent and influential figure. As well as sharing his ambitions for the city-region including building a London-style integrated transport system and transforming Greater Manchester into one of the greenest cities in Europe, he will explain his desire to end rough sleeping in the city-region. The session will also see Andy discussing the challenges faced and opportunities to come for Manchester and the UK, how the insurance industry impacts business and innovation, and a reflection on his time in office so far.