Chair and Independent Board Members
Stockport Mayoral Development Corporation
Location: Stockport, Greater Manchester
Salary: the post is Remunerated and expensed

About Stockport MDC

Our Mission:

To deliver a new urban community of up to 3,500 new homes, with the necessary supporting infrastructure and amenity, that puts Community, innovation, and Sustainability at its heart.

Stockport Town Centre West Mayoral Development Corporation (Stockport MDC) is the first Mayoral Development Corporation in Greater Manchester – the first nationally to focus on a town centre location - and will address some of the biggest challenges for housing delivery, brownfield regeneration, and town centre regeneration in the UK today. The Stockport MDC is tasked with redeveloping 130 acres of Stockport’s Town Centre West area, currently characterised by low-density industrial uses, to create a whole new urban neighbourhood, providing 3,500 much-needed new homes on brownfield land, and fuelling the continued economic and social revival of Stockport town centre.

Stockport’s Town Centre West presents a significant long-term opportunity to deliver complex brownfield regeneration and create a whole new urban community in a highly connected and highly sustainable town centre location. Setting the right balance of pace and strategy in the first phase of the MDC’s life will be vital to creating the right conditions for long-term delivery. Much has already been achieved within the last twelve months – progressing delivery across the first phase pipeline of schemes, securing political buy-in for the MDC proposal, Parliamentary approval of the enabling legislation, establishing the MDC’s operating model and governance framework, formal launch of the MDC, and approval of the Strategic Regeneration Framework for the area – but this is just the start.

The Stockport MDC Board is made up of senior public sector representatives from Stockport Council, Homes England, and GMCA. In its inception phase it is chaired by the Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham. To help provide the specialist delivery expertise the MDC Board needs, a number of private sector ‘Strategic Advisors’ have come together to offer guidance and detailed industry knowledge across Investment, Infrastructure, Place-Making Innovation, etc. as the MDC scales-up delivery of its Business Plan and the Masterplan for the area.

This approach allows the MDC to capitalise on the momentum and delivery already underway and establish the initiative as a credible delivery-focused partnership - but one which is grounded in the reality of the challenge and scale of ambition that the Board and the MDC’s partners have set out.

The key to the MDC’s success is building on the momentum currently in place to accelerate delivery at-scale and at-pace and prove the viability of the MDC model.

The Roles

This is an incredibly exciting and dynamic time to be involved in the Stockport MDC right at the start of its journey. The Corporation will be responsible for the coordination and delivery of a major development programme and will occupy a unique role within the national housing, town centres, and economic growth agendas.

Following its successful launch in September the Stockport MDC now requires an exceptionally talented Chair to lead the Corporation and two independent private sector Non-Executive Board members.

We are seeking applications for the Chair and Non-Executive Board members who will bring considerable professional experience and who will oversee our governance and add insight, advice and challenge to the Board.

Your sector background is less important than your commitment to place-making; reshaping housing markets; leading development to promote community, innovation, and sustainability; and your passion for the physical regeneration and development of Stockport and Greater Manchester.

Your sector background may include physical regeneration, development and housing and the environment as well as design, communications and finance.

For an informal and confidential discussion, please speak with our advisors at Berwick Partners; Marek Dobrowolski

Principal Consultant

D: 0121 654 5975

M: 07793529576

Marek.dobrowolski@berwickpartners.co.uk

Lisa Smith

Researcher

D: 0 121 654 5910

lisa.smith@berwickpartners.co.uk

Closing date for applications: 16th December

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