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Leader Kieran Quinn

Kieran Quinn
  • Local Authority: Tameside
  • Party: Labour
  • Position: Leader

Contact details

  • Telephone: 0161 292 6493

Councillor Kieran Quinn's responsibility within the GMCA is:

Councillor Quinn plays a leading role in a number of regional and national bodies helping to shape national policy and improve the position of Greater Manchester. He has been a member of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund (GMPF) Management Panel since 1997 and has served as its Chair since 2010. Under his leadership, it has grown to £17 billion to be the biggest LGPS in the UK with more than 340,000 members from over 400 employers.

Last year GMPF won the 21st Local Government Chronicle Investment Awards for the Best Large Pension Fund of the Year. And at this year’s Local Authority Pension Fund (LAPF) Investment Awards, the GMPF won the ‘Local Government Pension Scheme Fund of the Decade’ award.

In recent years, Councillor Quinn and the GMPF have played a leading role in directing inward investment from pension funds to finance infrastructure and green energy programmes. Prominent investments in Manchester include £25m to build 244 affordable houses across the city and £10m to build a 270,000 sq feet office development at One St Peter’s Square. The GMPF are also partners in the £800m Airport City scheme, which will create 16,000 jobs over the next 12 years at Manchester Airport.

Councillor Quinn also represents Metropolitan Local Authorities on the LGPS Scheme Advisory Board, which has been created to advise and assist Government on the operation of the Local Government Pension Scheme, and chairs the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF), the UK’s leading collaborative shareholder engagement group. As part of his responsibilities at the LAPFF, he routinely engages with businesses and stakeholders in exploring long-term value creation and innovative alternative investments.

Councillor Quinn writes a regular blog on Tameside Council’s website covering his work in Tameside and highlighting issues of local and national importance. He has also given evidence in Parliament to the Communities and Local Government Committee on how the Greater Manchester Devolution Deal could provide a model for other areas in the country to emulate.

Before his election as Leader of Tameside Council in 2010, Councillor Quinn served for 10 years as the council’s Executive Member for Economic Development and Assets and was a member of the board of MIDAS - the Greater Manchester inward investment agency. He also has over 30 years of background in the postal service and the Communication Workers Union (CWU). 

He was re-elected for the sixth time as Councillor for Droylsden East with a majority of 1,128 in the May 2015 local elections.