The Chester Growth Partnership has named Peter Carstensen as its new chairman, replacing Guy Butler, who has chaired the board for the last two and a half years.
The partnership is a public-private sector development board that acts as guardian of the One City Plan, a 15-year strategy guiding the economic regeneration of Chester. Under Butler’s guidance it has started to promote Chester proactively, with a presence at events such as MIPIM.
Carstensen, who was previously deputy chairman, stared his career as a lawyer with heavyweight firms such as Slaughter & May and Freshfields before moving into investing in internet start-ups and other early stage businesses, along with property development, focusing on buy-to-let and new build development. He owns a property business called Quatrefoil Ventures and the Bryn Yorkin Manor Estate in North Wales.
Cllr Samantha Dixon, leader of Cheshire West & Chester Council, said: “I’d like to thank Guy for the great contribution he has made. His knowledge and experience has helped create a dynamic and creative board and I believe we are seeing a real difference in the city as a result.
“Peter will chair the Chester Growth Partnership for the next 12 months – I hope we see just as much success over the coming year as we have over the past year.”