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The man responsible for bringing one of the city's leading employers to Peterborough is to take the helm of the organisation responsible for leading the regeneration and growth of the city.

Tony Allum will become chairman of Opportunity Peterborough in September.

He comes fresh from his recent position as chairman of Halcrow, one of the world's largest and most successful multi-disciplinary consultancies with more than 6,500 staff worldwide and an annual turnover of more than 300 million.

Tony Allum - new chair appointed to Opportunity Peterborough

Tony brings the national and international profile befitting the chairman's role. Closer to home, he was responsible for establishing Halcrow's Peterborough office which now employs more than 60 people and is a key part of Peterborough's 'environment cluster' of companies.

Tony Allum said: "Peterborough is a city with huge potential. I am delighted to have the opportunity to play a part in developing the economic and physical potential of the city. I look forward to working with our partners at the city council, EEDA, English Partnerships and the Department of Communities and Local Government to raise Peterborough's profile at the local, regional and national levels.

"Opportunity Peterborough has a key role in securing and delivering investment and growth that will benefit the whole city. As chairman, I aim to ensure that we meet the expectations of our partners and the community."

Matthew Bullock, chief executive of Norwich and Peterborough Building Society and the director of Opportunity Peterborough heading the board committee responsible for the search for a new chairman, said: "Tony's vast experience of large and complex construction projects, coupled with his considerable business skills, will make a major contribution not just to Opportunity Peterborough but to the city as a whole. We are enormously fortunate to have been able to attract him to this post.

"As the man responsible for setting up Halcrow's Peterborough office, he recognised that the city would be an ideal place to develop a business with strong roots in the environment sector."

Jody Tableporter, chief executive of Opportunity Peterborough, added: "I am looking forward to working with Tony as we move from planning for future growth and regeneration to delivering physical and economic developments. Taking the role of chair demonstrates his continued support for Peterborough and I am sure he will be one of the city's strongest advocates."

Councillor John Peach, leader of Peterborough City Council, said: "I welcome Tony to Opportunity Peterborough and look forward to driving through the exciting plans we have for the city with him. I am particularly pleased that Tony brings with him a knowledge of the city and I am certain that his drive and enthusiasm will lead to speedy results."

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