Bradford Council extends its gratitude to Ian Hayfield, the departing chairman of the Keighley Towns Fund board, for his commendable service in steering the regeneration initiatives for the town and its environs.

Ian Hayfield assumed the role of chairman in 2020 when Keighley secured a substantial £33.6m Government funding package, part of a nationwide initiative covering 101 locations. The Towns Fund board, a collaboration of public and private sector representatives, was formed to oversee the regeneration program under the guidance of a local private sector figurehead, a position successfully held by Chartered Surveyor Ian Hayfield of Hayfield Robinson.

Initially tasked with leading the board in formulating the regeneration vision and investment plan, Ian’s role evolved over time to focus on monitoring project delivery. Notable achievements during his tenure include the Providence Park development, the Community Grants program, the Town Centre Infrastructure project, and the continued success of the Capital Assistance to Business Growth grants.

Ian said: “I am stepping down on short term health grounds and feel that now is the right time to give someone else the opportunity to deliver some of these incredible projects.

“It has been a privilege to hold the position of chair of the Keighley Towns Fund. I feel very proud of what we have achieved for the town and surrounding area.

“I’d like to thank everyone who I have worked with over the years, through the challenges of Covid and beyond. I have had the pleasure of working with some brilliant people from the teams at Keighley Town Council and Bradford Council through to our sponsors, and I have been fully supported by the hard-working members of the board.

“I am confident that their incredible work will continue and that these excellent projects will be delivered for Keighley, making a real difference to people’s lives for years to come.”

Bradford Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, Transport and Planning Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw said: ““Ian has been involved in supporting so many things in and around Keighley over the years it was no surprise when he stepped up to drive our Towns Fund work forward.

“We would like to sincerely thank him for all of his efforts over the last almost four years, overseeing the Towns Fund programme from its inception all the way through to securing funding and delivering the projects. A notable success being the approval of a new health and well-being centre for the town. Ian has volunteered a lot of his time, very valuable experience, skills and resources to the Towns Fund programme and we are very grateful to him.”

As Ian steps down, the Council is set to initiate a recruitment process to fill the vacancy, with plans to finalize a permanent appointment by March 2024. In the interim, Vice-Chair Liz Barker will take on the role of Interim Chair of the Keighley Towns Fund board. The Council looks forward to continuing the momentum of regeneration and making a lasting impact on the community.