Who We Are

YHEA is an employers’ association representing the 22 local councils, the West Yorkshire combined authority and the 4 fire & rescue authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region. We also provide HR/OD services to these bodies, and to Parish and Town councils, as well as other organisations that use local government conditions of service.

Our team is led by Steve Walmsley, Regional Employers Director and the Association is chaired by Cllr James Lewis, Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council


Councillor James Lewis

James is Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council and has been Chair of YHEA since July 2018

Steve Walmsley
Regional Employers Director

Steve has been Regional Employers Director sine July 2006, prior to this he was an Assistant Chief Executive at Sheffield City Council. Steve has worked in the local government sector for 30 years. Significant trade union experience preceded a move into the HR community and onwards from there, being appointed Head of Human Resources at Sheffield in 1997 and then Assistant Chief Executive. Steve has significant experience and knowledge of a wide range of employment, workforce and organisational development matters.

Julie Brookes
Employers Services Officer

Julie has been with the Regional Employers Organisation since 2007.  Prior to this Julie worked in the public sector for 32 years in both Local Government and NHS.  Working in Human Resources and Payroll for 28 years and has experience covering a wide range of human resources and payroll issues across a wide area of departments.  Julie has in depth knowledge of terms and conditions of employment associated with Local Government Services, including Schools.

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