Cllr Sean Fielding
Leader, Oldham Council & Lead on Education, Skills and Apprenticeships, GMCA
Councillor Sean Fielding became Oldham Council Leader in May 2018 and was named GMCA lead on Education, Skills and Apprenticeships shortly afterwards.
The 28-year-old has served the Failsworth West ward – where he lives with his girlfriend Sophie – since 2012.
When first elected he was one of the youngest UK councillors and was immediately given a role as Assistant Cabinet Member by then Leader, Jim McMahon.
Sean was jointly named the LGiU Young Councillor of the Year alongside fellow Assistant Cabinet Members Amanda Chadderton and Arooj Shah (who is now Deputy Leader) in 2013.
He first came to prominence through his involvement with Fairness campaigns: launching ‘Fares Fair’ to tackle Oldham’s disproportionately high bus fares and deliver more affordable travel to help people access job and training opportunities. His lobbying led First Bus to slash fares by 30 per cent and this was later extended to all passengers across Greater Manchester, benefitting thousands of people.
Sean is a member of the Labour Party, the Co-operative party and UNISON and he was re-elected to serve Failsworth West with an increased majority in local elections in May 2016.
He won a ballot at the Labour AGM to succeed Jean Stretton as the new Labour Group leader on May 8, 2018.
As the new Oldham Council Leader, Sean is undertaking a review of the Oldham Town Centre Masterplan. He is fully committed to ambitious plans to regenerate and transform the area but wants more focus on town centre living and is re-examining proposals for the QE Hall and Tommyfield Market to ensure they are right for the future.
Sean’s immediate priorities include delivering good quality affordable homes, more work to increase social mobility and education, investing in repairing the roads network, and securing further investment in the borough to create good jobs for residents.
Born at the Royal Oldham Hospital on January 10, 1990, he attended South Failsworth and Failsworth schools. His father is a local bus driver and his mother used to work at Manchester City Council.
Sean is the youngest-ever leader of Oldham Council and bought his first house in Failsworth with Sophie in 2016.
He believes in having a strong Cabinet team and values the great partnership working which drives Oldham’s co-operative model of working.