NEM appoints Slater to head regeneration

Michael Hunt

Urban regeneration company New East Manchester has appointed Ian Slater as deputy chief executive, which completes its senior management team recruitment.

Slater, who will be responsible for regeneration at NEM, replaces Sean McGonigle, who left in October after being in the organisation for twelve years.

McGonigle will take up the role of assistant chief executive for neighbourhood strategy and delivery at Manchester City Council.

Slater has worked for Manchester City Council for over 20 years, initially in the housing department and for the past 17 years in regeneration, most recently as director of the Manchester Salford Housing Market Renewal Pathfinder since 2006.

During his career with the council, Slater has been responsible for the management of numerous European and national funding programmes delivering physical and socio-economic change including both area based initiatives across the city and projects such as the Bridgewater Hall, the Manchester Central Convention Centre and the redevelopment of the city centre following the 1996 IRA bomb.

He said: "I'm really looking forward to driving east Manchester's regeneration agenda forward. We are ten years into a long-term journey and are already making a real difference. However, there is still much work to be done to continue this momentum. Our plans are ambitious and we are committed to delivering a regeneration programme which will not only improve local residents' lives but attract new people to live, work and visit the area. Urban renewal is never easy but I am keen to embrace the exciting challenges ahead."

Eddie Smith, chief executive of New East Manchester, added: "It's great to have Ian on board. His skills and experience complement those of the rest of the team and together, with the support of our residents and funders, we can bring forward significant change and deliver a sustainable future for east Manchester. In the past ten years we have halted and reversed the decline and it's now our responsibility to leave a lasting legacy of regeneration benefits for local people."

Steve Thorncroft was appointed deputy chief executive in January, who is responsible for NEM's development division.

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