Preston Vision, the organisation responsible for channelling funding from the North West Development Agency and private sector businesses for regeneration projects across Preston, has appointed eight non-executive directors.
The new directors will take up their positions on 11 May and include:
- Roger Best, chief executive of Radley & Co
- Nigel Blenkinsop, a senior engineer and manager with BAE Systems
- Jim Carter, chief executive of the Eric Wright Group and chairman of the management board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
- Peter Church, chief executive of Blackwater Bars
- Chris Earnshaw, operations manager at John Lewis in Liverpool
- Jeremy Gorrick, worked for Preston-based Liquid Plastics and its parent company the Iotech Group for over 30 years before selling it to Swiss firm Sika earlier this year
- Lesley Lloyd, chairman of the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board and vice-chairman of the Lancashire Economic Partnership.
- Andrew Thompson, director of development and planning at Manchester-based DTZ
Preston Vision was established in 2005 and is involved in projects including Preston Tithebarn, which aims to regenerate the city centre and create a new central business district, with improvements to green spaces and waterways.
The new non-executive directors will join Dr Malcolm McVicar, interim chair and vice chancellor of the University of Central Lancashire; Peter Hyett, executive director of finance for UCLan; Ged Fitzgerald, chief executive of Lancashire County Council; Cllr Tom Burns, cabinet member for organisational development; Jim Carr, chief executive of Preston City Council; Cllr Ken Hudson, leader of Preston City Council; Ian Haythornthwaite, executive director of resources for the North West Development Agency; Jean Hunter, chief executive of South Ribble Council and Cllr Margaret Smith, leader of South Ribble Council on the board of directors.