Renew appoints private sector trio

Renew Northwest, the region’s official regeneration skills agency, has added three private sector representatives to its board.

The new board members are:

  • Steve Parry, managing director of Neptune Developments, the Liverpool-based developer behind the redevelopment of New Brighton and Mann Island in Liverpool
  • Nigel McGurk, managing director of property financer Ainscough-Johnston, and a member of Cabe’s National Design Review Panel
  • Catherine Grayson, financial director of consultancy F Squared. Grayson is a former financial director for The Big Issue in the North and spent nine years with Beever & Struthers as an auditor and consultant for registered social landlords.

Beatrice Beatrice, chairman of Renew, which was established in 2005 and is funded by the North West Development Agency, said: “The volume of high-calibre applications we received for the board vacancies reflects Renew Northwest’s position as a leading enabler of regeneration best practice.

“Each of the new board members brings a fantastic understanding of the complicated nature of strategic and sustainable regeneration. They also have experience of delivering regeneration schemes.”

The new board members replace retiring members Stephen Curwell, professor of sustainable urban development at the University of Salford, Helen France, executive director of regeneration at Knowsley council and Charles Wilson, formerly a Cabe regional representative. Each of these members has been on the board since its inception.

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