Councillor Box became Leader of Wakefield Council in August 1998, having been elected in 1982. He has led the transformation of the Council into a modern and efficient authority. The Council is now a 4 star “Excellent” authority and in 2006 was voted Britain’s “Best Small City for Business”. In 2010 Peter was awarded a CBE for Services to Local Government.
Councillor Box’s political career has also seen him Chair the Employment & Economic Development Committee from 1987 – 1990. Before retiring in 2005 Peter was a Probate and Trust lawyer.
Peter was Chair of the Regional Assembly for Yorkshire and the Humber from 2002 until its abolition in 2009 and Chair of the English Regions Network from 2008-2009. He is a former member of the Governments Northern way Steering Group. He is a Chair of the LGA’s Economic and Transport Board and a Leeds City Region Board Member. Peter also serves on the Young Person’s Learning Agency.
Having been raised in Castleford, Peter has a strong and passionate connection with the Wakefield District and is a Trustee for the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and the National Coal Mining Museum, two of the District’s most iconic attractions.