Steven Pleasant MBE
Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council
Loan sharks, start-ups and emergency housing… there’s nothing routine about Steven Pleasant’s day-to-day.
As CEO at Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council, Steven leads a council that has come out strongly in favour of welcoming refugees, cross-sector cooperation and cracking down on irresponsible financial practices.
Initiatives he has overseen include the Vision Tameside scheme, a partnership between the council and Tameside College which aims to bring greater economic prosperity, and transform learning and skills outcomes, by redeveloping the metropolitan area. As part of the scheme, there will be three new advanced learning centres at the college, as well as a hub for digital start-ups and a new transport interchange. The economic impact is expected to exceed £300 million per year.
Another focus for Steven is the eradication of loan sharks, an entrenched problem in the area. Taking a creative, grass-roots approach, he led Tameside Council’s commitment to opening a savings account for every 11-year-old in the borough. Each child has been given £10, which they will only be able to withdraw if they prove they can save successfully for three school terms. It is intended to act as a way of encouraging children to start saving at an early age.
Steven also acts as CEO on behalf of the Manchester Combined Authority for Health and Wellbeing and for Asylum, Refugees and Migration. In 2016, he received an MBE for his services to the welfare and housing of asylum seekers and refugees in Tameside.