McNichol takes charge of Carlisle Renaissance

Ian McNichol has been confirmed as programme director in charge of the new Carlisle Renaissance board set up to deliver major projects in the city and its hinterland.

McNichol will lead the multi-agency team whose remit will be drawn from the recently adopted economic strategy for Carlisle and includes the delivery of city centre development schemes such as the new University of Cumbria campus on Caldew Riverside.

He has worked with the city council since mid 2005 on secondment from English Partnerships and has played a central role in putting in place the foundations necessary to support the creation of Carlisle Renaissance. The programme director post is funded by the North West Development Agency alongside the city council and Cumbria County Council which have each agreed to underwrite the operating costs of the delivery team.

McNichol, who takes up the post on 1 July, said: "Carlisle is entering a new era. It has tremendous potential for economic growth and with this the opportunity to achieve real and lasting benefits for residents and the businesses community.

"The challenge now is to fulfil this potential, harnessing the skills and resources of the public and the private sector working together to bring about Carlisle Renaissance. For me the hard work continues and I am looking forward to working with the new board as we make the transition from strategy to delivery and help to bring about these benefits."

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