Decision details

A Framework for Delivering Major Events in Leeds

Reference: D54758

Decision Maker: Executive Board

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes


The report outlines a framework under which major events are either bid for or curated across the City and to requests authority to progress with arrangements to deliver the World Triathlon event in 2022.


The Director of City Development submitted a report presenting a renewed framework for attracting and delivering major events for Leeds following a review of the Council’s existing events programme. The report also sought approval to host the World Triathlon Championship Series event in 2022 and 2024.


Responding to a Member’s comments, the Board acknowledged the need to ensure that the correct balance was struck between delivering major events, whilst at the same time ensuring that quality of life for local residents in those host communities was preserved, and that local communities were included in, and benefitted from such events.


Also, assurance was provided that where new major commercial events were delivered in Roundhay Park or similar venues, the commercial provider would provide the levels of resource required, which meant that staffing from parks services would not be diverted as a result.



(a) That the adoption of the Events Framework as presented in the submitted report, be approved, incorporating:-

(i)  a mechanism for assessing and bidding for major events;

(ii)  a Framework for delivery of major events held within Leeds; and

(iii)  including an internal strategy for actively curating events within the City’s parks.


(b)  That approval be given to host the World Triathlon Championship Series event in 2022 and 2024;


(c)  That approval be given for the Head of Arts Events and Venues to be responsible for the implementation of Major Events Framework in Leeds.

Reason Key: Affects more than 1 ward;

Portfolio Holder: Executive Member for Economy, Culture and Education

Other reasons / organisations consulted

Consultation took place over the summer of 2021 prior to the drafting of the report.


Consultation has taken place with the Executive Member for Economy, Culture and Education, across relevant LCC directorates as well as with external stakeholders such as Leeds Rhinos, Yorkshire County Cricket, Leeds University, Beckett University, Leeds BID and Culture Consortium Leeds.

Contact: Matthew Sims, Head of Arts and Venues 0113 378 7172 Email:

Report author: Matthew Sims

Publication date: 23/12/2021

Date of decision: 15/12/2021

Decided at meeting: 15/12/2021 - Executive Board

Effective from: 25/12/2021

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