Trafford Council Leader, Tom Ross

Personal and political life

Tom grew up in Timperley and attended Heyes Lane Infant & Junior Schools; and Altrincham Grammar Schools for Boys before going on to study Economic History at the London School of Economics.  Tom has also lived in Sale Moor and now lives in Stretford. 

Tom joined the Labour Party in 1996 and has held several roles at branch and constituency level since then.  Tom has previously been a Labour candidate for Village Ward, Timperley Ward and St Mary’s Ward before he was elected as a councillor for Stretford Ward in 2008.

During his time as a Trafford councillor he served as Opposition Spokesperson in several portfolios including Finance. In addition he was selected as the Mayor of Trafford during 2018/19 and since then has held the Executive Member for Finance and Governance portfolio.

Tom is also a governor of Victoria Park Junior School in Stretford and a trustee at Homestart Trafford, Salford and Wigan.  Tom is also a member of Unison.

On his election as Leader of Trafford Labour Group and Trafford Council Tom set out his priorities including giving young people the best start in life, addressing our climate crisis, celebrating our sports, arts, culture and heritage, progressing our economic regeneration and affordable housing, and getting the basic council services right.

Committee Appointments

  • Council
  • Executive (Chair)

Appointments to outside bodies: 

  • Lead Member for Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Green City-Region Portfolio
  • AGMA Executive Board
  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)
  • Greater Manchester Waste and Recycling Committee
  • Joint GMCA and AGMA Committee
  • Sure Start Strategic Partnership
  • The Mayor’s Land Charity and Newton Night School Charity


Tom was also Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Altrincham and Sale West at the 2010 General Election.