Central Salford, the urban regeneration company, has appointed three new non-executive directors to its board, including an environmental consultant and a former director of Alfred McAlpine and the leader of Trafford council.
Marc Barone, Ann Heywood and Cllr Susan Williams join the URC as its activity, taking in the regeneration of Chapel Street and Media City UkK, gathers pace.
Barone is a former corporate development director of Alfred McAlpine and is currently working in the chemicals industry.
Heywood founded the environmental consultancy CPM which was sold to the Waterman Group in 1999. Since January 2007, she has been principal of the College of Estate Management.
Cllr Williams is leader of neighbouring Trafford council. She was elected in 1998, becoming the first female leader of the Conservative group on the council in August 2002 and the youngest leader of Trafford in June 2004. She is currently a prospective Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Bolton West and will be standing against Ruth Kelly at the next General Election. Her special interests are education and health.
Commenting on the appointments, chairman of Central Salford URC, Felicity Goodey, said: "Central Salford URC has already had a major impact on the development of the city region, delivering what will become the largest media city in the world. We also have major re-development deals to transform Greengate, Central Station, Chapel Street and the Crescent among other areas. Working with our many partners, the URC is helping to transform Central Salford into a beautiful, vibrant and prosperous area to benefit everyone in the community."
Cllr Williams has also been appointed to the board of North West Development Agency. She joins Cllr John Merry, leader of Salford City Council and Cllr Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, on the board.