Creating Homes; Building Communities - West Midlands
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UK Land & Planning Director
Jennie’s professional background is in Planning with over 20 years’ experience in Development Management, planning assessment and development promotion, with particular expertise in managing complex schemes which include significant elements of housing.
As UK Land and Planning Director, Jennie’s role has a direct focus on Taylor Wimpey’s land and planning strategy, with responsibilities for, and oversight of, land acquisition and complex planning matters. Jennie leads Taylor Wimpey’s response to the evolving UK planning system and political engagement across the planning policy arena, oversees Sustainability, Technical and Design, and is responsible for the training and development of land and planning skills within the Group.
In April 2015, Jennie became a non-executive director of Peabody Trust a leading affordable housing provider in Greater London.
Head of Regeneration and Development
Birmingham City Council
Clive Skidmore has been Head of Regeneration and Development at Birmingham City Council since July 2008.
He has led the development of the biggest Council house building programme in the city for 30 years through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust (BMHT).
He has built up the programme from a standing start at the beginning of 2009 to a position where the Council currently has over 5,000 homes on site, and is starting 500 new homes for rent and sale a year, a development programme larger than any RSL or private developer in the city.
BMHT was the biggest single housing developer within the City of Birmingham in 2014-15, and since 2009 has built more new homes (over 2,000) than any other Local Authority within the UK. In addition through this work over 300 training apprenticeships have been created and 40 young people supported through a scholarship programme. Finally the programme has also won 7 major national awards for innovation and design.
He has also set up a new vehicle for the delivery of Private Rented Sector homes on Council owned land and the first scheme in the programme will start on site later this year.
Originally a classicist, he holds a first class combined honours degree from Exeter University and a PhD in Classics. He has also published an academic book on Latin literature.
Group Regeneration Director
Sigma Capital Plc
Duncan set up Inpartnership Ltd in 2001 which was key in developing the overall Sigma Partnership model, working with local government partners, and has been at the forefront in setting up the successful partnerships currently on the company's books, such as in Solihull, Salford, and Liverpool. Duncan works closely with the government promoting this innovative approach to achieving regeneration and investment. Sigma has also completed on two innovative funds for substantial new private rented sector housing throughout the UK.
Previously, Duncan was Director of City Development for Coventry City Council where he introduced innovations such as Coventry and Warwickshire Partnerships, city centre management, integrated community development and chaired the West Midlands Strategic Sites Working Group. He also achieved city centre projects such as Coventry Canal Basin, Coventry University Science Park, various leisure and retail schemes and was heavily involved in the initial regeneration efforts in Hillfields working closely with the local community. Duncan Sutherland also worked at Inner City Enterprises PLC, and was also the Chief Executive of The EDI Group Ltd, a specialist regeneration/property investment company owned by the City of Edinburgh Council.
Duncan is a Non-‐ Executive Director on the Board of HS2, a Non Executive Director on Scottish Canals, a member of the Regeneration Investment Organisation Advisory Board (part of UKTI) and a Trustee of the South Bank Sinfonia.
Councillor John Clancy
Birmingham City Council
John Clancy has been the Leader of Birmingham City Council since December 2015. He is Labour councillor for the Quinton Ward, having earlier represented the Hodge Hill Ward from 2002-2006. Since becoming city council leader, John has forged strong links with Birmingham's business community and is keen to support SMEs across the city while also attracting major investment from larger organisations.
He is the West Midlands Combined Authority portfolio lead member for economic growth – delivery of Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), access to finance for business, Collective Investment Fund (CIF), WMCA growth company, international trade and exports, digital strategy and the arts and cultural activity. John has spearheaded trade missions to China and Qatar, bringing in global capital to ensure Birmingham is a key player in the UK’s post-Brexit economy.
With an overarching emphasis on inclusive growth, the focus is on four key priorities: children, housing, jobs and skills and health. He believes Birmingham and the wider region have entered a golden decade, a period that will culminate in the arrival of High Speed Two in 2026, and is determined to ensure the benefits of economic growth are felt right across the city and in all communities.
John acknowledges that the city council is just one player in the quest for inclusive economic growth and is keen to work with partners across the city to develop a shared longer-term vision for Birmingham.
Simon is responsible for leading Bouygues UK’s Midlands housing activities and for developing and delivering its business plan focusing on new build affordable housing, housing refurbishment, mixed tenure housing developments, the care sector and works closely with Linkcity, Bouygues UK’s development business who together are working as developer/contractor on the cities first speculative PRS scheme on Pershore Street.
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