Thursday, 19 March 2015

Ebbsfleet Garden City announces its board

The delivery of the Ebbsfleet Garden City has taken a major step forward with the confirmation of Michael Cassidy as chairman and a further five appointments to its board as directors.

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has appointed David Holt (vice-chairman), Louise Hardy, Bob Lane, David Lock and Katie Perrior to the board. 

To help ensure the views of residents are heard, there will also be three further members, one each nominated by Kent County Council, Dartford Borough Council and Gravesham Borough Council. Not forgetting the corporation’s chief executive.

The board will play a major role in securing the delivery of the Ebbsfleet Garden City.

Here’s a little background on the new appointments:

David Holt chartered management accountant with 20 years’ experience as a board-level finance director in the private sector. He left Land Securities last year after 11 years in senior finance roles, including finance director for the Retail Division and group director of finance.

He will shortly step down as a board member of Circle Living. He is a board member and senior independent director of Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, where he also chairs the Audit Committee.

Louise Hardy is a civil engineer and former director of Laing O’Rourke, where her role focused on the delivery of infrastructure for the Olympic Park. As a senior project manager at Bechtel Ltd, her projects included a £150m portfolio of station refurbishments for Tube Lines, delivering a section of the Transylvanian Motorway, and delivering elements of HS1 at Ebbsfleet. Most recently, she was European Project Excellence Director at AECOM.

Bob Lane, OBE is currently a member of Dover Harbour Board and (until September) the Homes and Communities Agency. He was previously chairman of London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, and chief executive of Catalyst Corby, North Northants Development Company and Speke Garston Development Company in Liverpool.

David Lock, CBE currently strategic planning advisor to David Lock Associates Ltd, a town planning, urban design and masterplanning consultancy firm. He also served as chief planning adviser to the Department of the Environment and planning manager for Milton Keynes New Town Development Corporation.

Katie Perrior director and co-founder of iNHouse Communications and a board member of Trading for Good. A former cabinet member of the London Borough of Bexley she had responsibility for community affairs and community safety and most recently children’s services. She has held press office roles with the Conservative Party, ITV News and Channel 4 News. 

The corporation is expected to announce its chief executive shortly.

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