Councillor Ian Greenwood OBE

13 Nov

Councillor Ian Greenwood OBE

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It is with extreme shock and sadness that we announce the sudden death of Cllr Ian Greenwood, who died in hospital in Bradford on Monday evening 12th November. Following re-election to the City of Bradford Council in May this year, Ian was elected Chair of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum in July.

Please see the statement from the City Council below:

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Issue Date: 13th November 2018

Title: Councillor Ian Greenwood OBE

It is with deep sorrow that Bradford Council must announce the death of Cllr Ian Greenwood.


In a career in local politics spanning four decades Cllr Greenwood was twice leader of the Council. He represented Little Horton ward from 1995 to 2012  and returned to the Council this year to represent  Bolton and Undercliffe ward. He had previously served as a County Councillor on West Yorkshire County Council.

Cllr Greenwood served as the Chair and latterly Vice Chair of the West Yorkshire Pension Fund and forged a national profile in the pensions industry as Chair of the Local Authorities Pensions Fund Forum (LAPFF) representing funds with a combined value of £230 billion.


In 2013 he was awarded the OBE for services to local government.


Leader Of Bradford Council Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe said:

“This is an enormous loss to Bradford District. For a generation, Ian was possibly the most recognisable and certainly one of the most influential figures in Bradford politics. He was immensely proud to be able to serve the people of his home city which he loved dearly and he wore his passion for the place and its people like a badge of honour.


Ian was a pragmatic, big tent politician motivated by an overwhelming desire to bring people together to do the right thing for Bradford. His leadership transcended cultural, community and political party boundaries and his legacy and impact will be long lasting.”


Bradford Council’s Chief Executive Kersten England said:


“Many, many people in the Council, the pension fund and across the District in our communities, public services and businesses have worked with Ian over the years and will be sharing a huge sense of loss today.  Ian worked tirelessly on behalf of Bradford bringing a unique and irreplaceable  wealth of experience, wisdom and insight to his work.”

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