Inclusive Growth Board

The Inclusive Growth Board provides strategic leadership in the delivery of key priorities which reflect the GM Strategy, the Northern Powerhouse agenda and Trafford’s Economic and Housing Growth Framework.  

The focus areas for the Growth Board include:

  • Increasing employment
  • Raising skills levels
  • Business support for new businesses and existing businesses
  • Support the availability of finance for business growth
  • Science and innovation: Workforce investment to sustain manufacturing sector and develop Creative and Digital sectors
  • Inward investment
  • Integrated Culture, leisure & tourism offer
  • Low carbon economy
  • Spatial growth: housing and commercial
  • Infrastructure: transport, road networks and broadband
  • Strategic planning and sharing best practice

The Inclusive Growth Board oversees three thematic partnerships which help deliver against these priorities. These thematic partnerships are the Economic Growth Partnership, Strategic Housing Partneship, Trafford Employment Skills and Enterprise Group

Membership of the Growth Board



Richard Paxton (Chair)

Private Business

Chris Fletcher

GM Chamber of Commerce and Chair of the Economic Growth Partnership

Donna Edwards

Manchester Growth Company

Mark Pickering

 AMEY / One Trafford

Gareth Wilkins

Stretford Mall and Chair of Trafford Employment, Skills and Enterprise Group (TEES)

Richard Roe

Corporate Director, Place

Matthew Gardiner

 Trafford Housing Trust and Chair of Trafford Strategic Housing Partnership

(Councillor) Kevin Proctor

Executive Member for Communities and Housing

(Councillor) James Wright

Executive Member for Investment, Regeneration and Strategic Planning

(Councillor) Nathan Evans

Shadow Executive Member for Investment, Regeneration and Strategic

(Councillor) Laura Evans

 Shadow Executive Member for Communities and Housing

Stephen James

Trafford Council

 Sue Wright

 Trafford Council

Lisa Jones

 Department for Work and Pensions

Annoushka Deighton

 Voluntary and Community sector

Terms of Reference

The Growth Board has a set of Terms of Reference, outlining the purpose and functions of the Board.


For more information, contact Sue Wright in the Partnerships and Communities Team at or 0161 912 1173.

Invest in Trafford

For more information about business growth in Trafford and our aim to maintain Trafford’s position as an economic powerhouse in Greater Manchester, visit Invest in Trafford.


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