Road to Recovery - Private & Public Sector Collaboration
January 28th 2021
'UK Monthly Private & Public Recovery Sessions'
Cllr Darren Rodwell
London Borough of Barking & Dagenham
Darren is a passionate community champion. Prior to becoming a councillor, he led a tenant & resident’s association and was at the forefront of the Labour Party campaign which led to the defeat of the British National Party in Barking in 2010. He has also worked in welfare rights and has set up a food bank as well as serving as a non-executive director in the NHS and a school governor.
Darren was first elected to Barking & Dagenham Council in 2010 and became Leader in 2014. Since then he has set the vision and direction of the Council which includes Barking & Dagenham being London’s growth opportunity. He was also responsible for a series of successful festivals which marked the borough’s 50th anniversary in 2015 which included a visit by Her Majesty the Queen.
Since 2014 he has led Barking & Dagenham Council through a transformation programme to secure £63m of savings over the next four years at the same time as delivering real time improvements in services.
Managing Director for Development
Bek Seeley is the Managing Director for Development at Lendlease.
In her current role Bek is responsible for leading the senior development team for the successful delivery of Lendlease’s European pipeline including the Euston Estate, Thamesmead North, Birmingham Smithfield, Elephant Park, Silvertown Quays, IQL Stratford, Deptford Landings, High Road West and both Milano Santa Guilia and MIND in Milan.
Most recently she held the position of Chief Operating Officer for Development and was instrumental in winning a number of major projects for Lendlease, as well as overseeing operations and the overall growth of the business.
Before joining Lendlease in 2015 Bek’s career spanned the public and private sectors, having held a range of operational and commercial roles including in economic development, infrastructure, built environment and public services.
Bek regularly speaks at industry conferences and events, including at MIPIM and the West Midlands Forum for Growth.
Group Chief Executive
Prior to joining L&Q, Fiona was the Executive Director for Development, Enterprise and Environment at the Greater London Authority (GLA).
As part of the senior management team for the GLA, she was responsible for overseeing the delivery and implementation of key strategies such as the London Plan, the Economic Development Strategy, transport, environment and climate change and in overseeing the operation of the Mayor’s powers in relation to significant planning applications in the capital.
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Eamonn Boylan was appointed Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in January 2017. He played a key role in the development of the Housing Market Renewal Programme, the Northern Way Growth Strategy and, through his work with the Core Cities Group and the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities, in the emerging policy framework for city regions. Eamonn takes the lead role on Investment and on Planning and Housing for the AGMA Wider Leadership Team.
UK Monthly Private & Public Recovery Sessions
Brought to you by Movers & Shakers, in association with Cratus
We have designed a series of ‘Monthly Recovery Sessions’ - the last Thursday of each month. These fit with our 2021 Mission: To drive more and better Private and Public sector collaboration, and will be be delivered within our Movers & Shakers state-of-the-art interactive Community Platform (and App).
Each month, in association with Cratus, we will be delivering timely and topical sessions featuring Ministers, Shadow Ministers, Metro Mayors, the Combined Authorities, City Regions and individual Local Leaders.
Topic: Road to Recovery - Private & Public Sector Collaboration
Private & Public sector collaboration is fundamentally important to driving good growth, opening up opportunities for investment, getting developments off the ground, improving efficiency and meeting the needs of communities. And, mission critical to housing delivery in particular! There are lots of positives in adopting and developing mutually-productive relationships, particularly at a time when Local Government finances are under huge strain, resources have been diminished and are stretched.
So what can Public & Private Collaboration deliver? What are the challenges? What is the scale of the opportunity? What are barriers and what are the lessons learned? What constitutes a good partnership? What does a good relationship look like! We have assembled a first rate panel to debate this topic. Cllr Darren Rodwell leads Barking & Dagenham and is Housing lead for London Councils. Barking & Dagenham have generated massive inward investment. Eammon Boylan heads up the GMCA and a major part of the North West economy, how does he see collaboration in the context of achieving his authority’s growth targets? Bek Seely leads on development for Lendlease, who have a string of £ multi-billion regeneration projects in London and the Midlands. And finally Fiona Fletcher-Smith the newly appointed Chief Executive of L&Q, in a former life Director of Development at the GLA is well placed to the challenges of getting collaboration right