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Jim Gill To Lead New Liverpool Regeneration Comapany January 9, 2008

Posted by liverpoolchamber in Business, Liverpool, News.
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Liverpool Chamber would like to congratulate Jim Gill on his appointment as the first CEO for Liverpool’s new economic development company

The current chief executive of Liverpool Vision has been named as the person to lead the new economic development company for Liverpool.

Jim Gill will be responsible for plotting the direction of the new company which is being created from the merger of Liverpool Vision, BusinessLiverpool and Liverpool Land Development Company.

Jim, who was awarded the OBE for services to regeneration in 2006, is already working hard on pulling together the three agencies in time for the launch of the new company on April 1st.

Since 2001 he has led Liverpool Vision, the UK’s first Urban Regeneration Company, which has driven and overseen the massive redevelopment of Liverpool city centre, including that of the historic waterfront.

Before taking up his post at Vision, Jim held senior roles with English Partnerships, including those of commercial director and North West regional director, following several years working in senior roles for the Government and for AMEC.

Mike Parker, chair designate of the new economic development company, said: “Jim Gill has been recognised at the highest levels for his work in regeneration and his name and reputation have resonance beyond the Liverpool city region.

“We are delighted that we have been able to persuade Jim to stay on to continue his work and to ensure a smooth transition in bringing the three agencies together and therefore giving the new company the best possible start.

“I, personally, am very much looking forward to working closely with Jim and we have already had several productive meetings.

“Jim is clearly a man who not only gets the job done but also has a strong appreciation of people and what motivates them. This will be crucial as he brings together the skills and specialisms of the three existing agencies while shaping the new company’s future.”

Cllr Warren Bradley, leader of Liverpool City Council, agreed, adding: “We know from the extent to which we cast our net in our search for a leader for the new company that there are very few people in the UK who have as much experience and expertise in regeneration as Jim Gill.

“We wanted the best man for this job and clearly Jim is precisely that. He knows the city well and the key players in regeneration, who not only admire and respect him, but also regard him as an excellent operator.

“Jim Gill will also offer the firm and sure hand needed to steer this new company in the early months of its existence.

“There is no doubt in my mind that with Jim Gill alongside Mike Parker the new company has a real chance of making a significant and early contribution to the city’s economy which will, in time, propel us to the next level.”

One of Jim’s first tasks will be to ensure that the current work programmes of the three existing agencies are completed.

Jim Gill said: “A lot has been achieved in recent times by all three organisations and we must not lose the momentum that has been created. It is my job to make sure the new company hits the ground running.”

He added: “This is one of the most important periods in Liverpool’s history. The current regeneration of the city’s landscape and infrastructure, the growing enterprise culture, the resurrection of commercial activity and private sector confidence provides a huge opportunity for the city.

“Working with the private sector on building on that new found confidence and investment in the city will be the central tenet of the new company.

“Liverpool is a city of great potential and that with coordinated and consistent effort its name can have the impact it once had. It will not happen overnight, but I am delighted to have the chance to play a further part in helping Liverpool achieve a brighter and more sustainable future.“



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