Economic development agency Corridor Manchester has appointed Professor John Brooks, vice chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University, as its new chairman following the death of Alan Gilbert.
Prof Brooks said: "I am honoured to be appointed chair of Corridor Manchester, the partnership has a very important role to play in the future of the Oxford Road area of the City and I look forward to helping deliver the vision to 2020.
"My appointment is, however, touched with sadness following the death of Professor Alan Gilbert who chaired Corridor Manchester from its start. His strong leadership and commitment to Corridor Manchester has provided me and the Board with clear direction for the future of Corridor Manchester. Alan was a close colleague and he will be sadly missed by me and all who worked with him."
Prof Gilbert died following a heart illness in July. He stepped down as president and vice chancellor of the University of Manchester in June.
Corridor Manchester brings together the University of Manchester, Manchester City Council, MMU and the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to drive economic growth along the Oxford Road area of the city.
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council and Corridor Manchester board member, said: "The development of the knowledge economy and the low carbon economic area are major priorities for the city council and Corridor Manchester will be at the forefront of this. I know John will be a very effective chair for Corridor Manchester building on the hard work by Professor Alan Gilbert."
Jackie Potter, chief executive of Corridor Manchester, said: "John is an excellent choice as chairman for Corridor Manchester, his determination and experience will help us continue to deliver our strategic vision."
The Corridor Manchester board is as follows:
- Professor John Brooks
- Sir Richard Leese, leader, Manchester City Council
- Sir Howard Bernstein, chief executive, Manchester City Council
- Mike Deegan, chief executive, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- David Moutrey, chief executive, Cornerhouse
- Chris Oglesby, chief executive, Bruntwood
- Jane Davies, chief executive, Manchester Science Park
- Roger Milburn, director, Ove Arup + Partners
- Steve Mycio, deputy chief executive, Manchester City Council
- David Cain, director of regeneration and appeals, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
- Professor Rod Coombs, vice president for research, innovation and economic development, the University of Manchester
- Jackie Potter, chief executive, Corridor Manchester