David Sheard is the Leader of Kirklees Council.
First elected to represent the Heckmondwike Ward in 1982. He has chaired most of the major committees of the Council. He was a member of the Dewsbury Bench from 1982 until 2012. He has also been a member of the Valuation Tribunal since 1980 and is now the senior representative for the Yorkshire Region.
Educated at Heckmondwike Grammar School and Derby and Huddersfield Polytechnic Colleges, he has a degree in Business Studies and Graduated as a member of the IWSP.
He worked at BBA Cleckheaton before joining the RAF. On leaving the RAF he worked for Kirklees Council and the West Yorkshire Passenger Transport Authority. On the abolition of the PTE he became a Second Hand Book Dealer.
He is interested in all things that affect the area he has always lived in, but his passion is motorcycling.