David Lord, Liverpool City Council, p Liverpool City Council

David Lord is the latest recruit to Liverpool's new-look development team. Credit: via Liverpool City Council

Lord swaps Manchester for Liverpool

David Lord has joined Liverpool City Council as director of property as the authority continues to bolster its development team.

Lord’s departure after 15 years means Manchester City Council is now actively recruiting for a new assistant director of development.

A spokesperson for Liverpool City Council said: “David Lord joins us as the newly appointed director of property, bringing with him an impressive background as the former head of development at Manchester City Council, where he dedicated 15 years of service.

“With David’s extensive experience, we eagerly anticipate the wealth of expertise he will contribute to Liverpool City Council.”

Lord’s appointment comes as Liverpool City Council continues to rebuild its development team following the damning Max Caller report, which raised questions about how the department operated.

Last year, the authority drafted in Nuala Gallagher, corporate director of city development, and Sophie Bevan as director of development and major projects.

Both have been well-received by Liverpool’s development community, which by and large is reporting significant improvements in the way the division is operating.

The appointment of Lord sees the city council add someone with experience of working at an authority with a track record for delivery.

Lord was appointed head of development at Manchester City Council in October 2018 having joined as a development manager in 2008.

During his time in Manchester, he worked on major schemes including the £5bn Victoria North masterplan and oversaw strategic acquisitions such as the purchase of Wythenshawe Civic Centre in 2022.

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A very warm welcome David.

By Liverpool4Progress

Welcome to Liverpool David

By Anonymous

Manchester are recruiting and Assistant Director, Dave Lynch is the Director of Development.

By Local Interest

    Hi Local interest – thanks for letting us know about an error. We’ve fixed the article and sent our apologies to Dave! – J

    By Julia Hatmaker

Good we need some of Manchesters progressive attitude

By Anonymous

Well done to all involved David looks an excellent addition to the senior Team . Lets hope his first job is to remove the ludicrous objection to any development over 9 storey . Welcome David

By Paul M - Woolton

Do we have to try and emulate Manchester?

By Michael McDonut cake

Great appointment. Talented professional.

By Anonymous

Welcome, David. A busy in-tray awaits.

By Anonymous

No we don’t want to look anything like Manchester and people move to better places to work

By Progress

Excellent addition for Liverpool, hopefully can get them moving in the right direction (a la Manchester’s)

By Skyscraper

Wouldn’t a bad idea – Mc Donut

By Skyscraper

Well done.

By Carl Pilkington

Giving the ‘pool a little bit of big city shine has to be a good thing.

By Anonymous

Why would Liverpool want to look like the repetitive narrow streets of high rise boring towers of Manchester with no parks or green spaces?

By salford fred

An impressive operator and a real good coup for Liverpool. Will help ease the loss of Klopp


Lord help us……become a prosperous looking, dynamic, and economically buoyant city once more, good to see we’re recruiting winners instead of some of the losers we’ve employed in the past.

By Anonymous

Absolute Wizard. He will be great at LCC

By Anonymous

Sprinkling a little Manc Magic into Merseyside

By You're welcome x

@Your welcome Just like Andy Burnham )

By Liverpool-Magic

Never a truer saying that the grass is greener and a lot more prettier on the other side …Welcome to beautiful Liverpool David.

By Empire

Good luck David you are going to need it.

By Anonymous

Onwards and upwards for Liverpool i say!!!!

By Anonymous

The overdue executive leadership is now being addressed after the ignominy of Government intervention.
Can Liverpool now get the local political leadership working effectively with the officers?
The inglorious past can be the springboard for a better here, now and future.

By Leadership Matters

Brilliant news. Liverpool can learn a thing or to from Manchester. Great to see

By Anonymous

A brilliant brain and even better person. Wish you well dave

By NEM lad

Hope he actually does sprinkle some of that development magic. God knows Liverpool needs something to prevent its slide from a once glorious past. It’s all rather depressing these days.

By Huyton Harrry

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