Chief executive sought for Sunderland regeneration

Public land to be transformed in to commercial development, housing, shopping and leisure facilities

Coun Paul Watson of Sunderland City Council
Coun Paul Watson of Sunderland City Council

A recruitment drive has been launched to find a talented chief executive to lead a major regeneration of Sunderland.

Publicly-owned land in the city is to be transformed into commercial development, housing, shopping and leisure facilities thanks to a new body named Siglion, a partnership between Carillion and Sunderland City Council, which will be managed by Igloo Regeneration.

Siglion is now looking for a chief executive to lead the Igloo team on the project, which will begin with the regeneration of the former Vaux site, Seaburn and Chapelgarth areas.

Leader of Sunderland City Council, Cllr Paul Watson (pictured), said: “Siglion will transform under-used areas of Sunderland for the benefit of everybody who lives, works in or visits the city, and we are looking for someone with a great track record in regeneration to lead from the front.

“The new Siglion chief executive, whether they come from a public or private sector background, must also understand and share our vision to reinvigorate the city and have the skills and experience to put that into action, working with a wide range of stakeholders.

“Siglion has challenging targets and we need an ambitious and talented person who can hit the ground running.”

The new body is a public-private joint venture which will work with organisations across the city, from businesses to voluntary groups.

It aims not only to improve the fabric if the city, but to use the regeneration to attract inward investment for the wider economy.

Development director at Carillion Developments Neil McMillan said: “We’re keen to start work on what will be a transformative programme for Sunderland and to do that, we need the right person in place to lead from the front.

“The chief executive appointment is a senior and challenging role, and will require an ambitious and capable person to take ownership of what will be an extremely rewarding and ultimately, life-changing project.”

John Tatham, partnerships director at Igloo Regeneration, said: “Regeneration of under-used public space in Sunderland will provide long-term results for the people of the city and its economic growth.

“Siglion’s new chief executive will be someone who understands this bigger picture and has the right combination of skills and experience to turn this vision into a reality.”

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