Councillor Gary Ridley - Business in the Community

Councillor Gary Ridley


Coventry City Council
Place Taskforce

Councillor Gary Ridley represents the Local Government Association on the Business in the Community (BITC) Place Taskforce. He has been a member of the policy board for Culture, Tourism and Sport at the LGA since 2021. He is a councillor for Coventry City Council, representing Woodlands Ward and has served as Leader of the Opposition since 2017. He has held a number of Cabinet positions within local government, several non-executive appointments on a range of organisations and previously worked for the European Parliament. In addition to his political responsibilities, he currently works for national walking and cycling charity Sustrans where he is helping to create more liveable communities.

Business in the Communty’s place programme

Business in the Community’s (BITC) Place Programme is about bringing everyone together in a place to act collaboratively. To act on long-term goals, based on a common agreement of the challenges, opportunities and solutions and drawing on the strengths of everyone in that community, whether they are a business, a community organisation or from the public sector.

Our mission

To facilitate meaningful connections between businesses, communities, and local councils to reset economic ambitions and collaborate on new, innovative solutions that will deliver long-term, transformative impact.