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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.”

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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 delivery

  • 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 its citizens.

November 2006

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