Lord David Goddard sits in the House of Lords as a Liberal Democrat – having been granted a life peerage in 2014 in recognition of his services to local government – and brings to the team a vast experience of local and national politics.
A former councillor in his native Stockport, Lord Goddard became Leader of Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council in 2006. As Leader, he was one of the main architects of the first Greater Manchester City Deal and the establishment of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, serving as Vice-Chair. He was also the first Environment Commissioner for Greater Manchester.
In the House of Lords, Lord Goddard focuses on planning and development and is a passionate supporter of HS2. He also sits as Vice-Chair of the Northern Powerhouse All Party Parliamentary Group.
Outside of planning and development, Lord Goddard was a member of the Greater Manchester Police Authority, a non-executive director of Manchester International Airport, and is a lifelong supporter of Manchester City.