Manchester City Council’s Strategic Director of Growth and Development Eddie Smith is to leave the organisation in April 2020 after 20 years.
Eddie, who turns 60 that month, will step down from his role to pursue new challenges.
Starting as the Head of Regeneration in 2000, Eddie went on to be the Deputy Chief Executive and then the Chief Executive of New East Manchester Urban Regeneration Company. Eddie led the regeneration of East Manchester from the recession hit manufacturing heartland of the 1980s to the thriving sports hub we all know it as today. Eddie returned back to the Council as the Strategic Director of Growth and Development and has also overseen major commercial and residential developments such as Airport City.
Eddie said: “This has been a tough personal decision but after nearly 20 years working in Manchester in a number of rewarding but demanding roles my family and I felt it was time to do something different and having a landmark birthday on the horizon has really brought this into focus.
“I have loved working here and I am proud of what we all have achieved together in regenerating this fantastic city.
“I don’t know exactly what the future holds but I do know that it won’t be in local government or the public sector or in Manchester itself because I simply don’t think there is a better place to work than Manchester City Council.”
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Eddie has played an important part in the regeneration of Manchester. In recent decades we have seen the city transformed from a place in post-industrial decline, with a falling population and areas such as East Manchester in the doldrums, to somewhere people are eager to be which has re-established itself on a global stage. You only have to look at the forest of cranes on the city skyline and beyond to see the unprecedented amount of development which is taking place.”
Joanne Roney OBE, chief executive of Manchester City Council, said: “I want to thank Eddie for his contribution to the city and wish him well for the future. While I’ll personally miss him, the strategic direction he has helped set and the city’s successful record of public-private partnerships delivering development which creates jobs, opportunities and homes the city needs will very much continue.”