Lord Mawhinney will be leaving his
position as Chairman of Opportunity Peterborough at the end of the
year, after playing an exceptionally influential and highly
formative role in the establishment of the city’s urban regeneration
company over the last 18 months.
His resignation has been accepted
with regret by the URC’s board, which plans to announce his
successor in the New Year, when the URC starts consultations on the
vision for the city which it has developed with its partners.
“It has been a stimulating eighteen
months and a solid foundation has been laid,” said Lord Mawhinney.
“I feel privileged to have been a part of the process.”
Citing the increasingly heavy calls on the chairman’s time as the URC
moves from start-up to delivery phase, Lord Mawhinney felt the
timing was right for a new Chairman to take the reins.
Jody Tableporter, Chief Executive,
of OP said “We will greatly miss Lord Mawhinney – his guidance and
passion for Peterborough brought the URC to its strong position
today. I hope the city does him proud over the coming years as we
make our plans a reality.”
Lord Mawhinney summarised the URC’s
progress in his resignation letter:
the strong constructive
partnerships formed with Peterborough City Council, the East of
England Development Agency and English Partnerships
“Principles of development” and
“vision” plans for the city which are to be revealed for
consultation in the New Year
Work to realise Peterborough’s
UK environment city status, to create a vibrant, iconic
waterfront, a bigger city centre and to drive new infrastructure
The URCs role in helping to
create the new city University and its part in the Council’s
ongoing discussions with Hammerson-Morley and Network Rail.
Deputy Chair, Dr. Clive Morton will
be assembling the Board in a special session to pursue succession
plans in the coming weeks. Dr Morton said “Our choice at the next
stage will be critical. We need to build upon the excellent start
Lord Mawhinney has given us and now focus on the critical delivery
stage for the long term benefit of Peterborough, its businesses and