Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham has asked Oldham Council Leader Sean Fielding to take responsibility for Digital for the city region. The role, driving forward the development of crucial digital infrastructure and enabling more residents to enhance their digital skills, will be combined with Cllr Fielding’s existing leadership of education, employment, skills and apprenticeships for Greater Manchester.
Cllr Fielding said: “I’m delighted to add digital to my existing portfolio of education, skills, employment and apprenticeships. Elise was a formidable champion of the digital agenda in Greater Manchester and I hope I will be able to maintain the pace she set.
“Digital and skills policy will be an enormous part of how we rebuild our economy after the coronavirus crisis is over. There is so much potential to ‘build back better’ through the choices we make in these areas. We really can set an example for the rest of the country to follow by ensuring that we consider people, and not just the economy, when making decisions moving forward.”