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Council appoints new Strategic Director of Growth and Development

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Becca Heron, formerly Executive Director of Economy and Skills at Wigan Council, has taken up the role at Manchester City Council.

Becca’s career has grown across different public sector roles in Greater Manchester, beginning as a policy and strategy officer within Manchester City Council, before taking up positions at the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), and latterly Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council.

During her previous tenure at Manchester Council, Becca led on a series of high-profile and complex initiatives.

At Wigan, Becca took a lead on both the town’s economic and physical development brief, leading a range of statutory and growths areas - including a pivotal role in the council’s reaction and response to the pandemic, and economic recovery.

 

Becca’s career highlights include:

· Securing £16.7m Future High Street funding and £1.3m Heritage Action Zone funding to support the transformation of Wigan town centre;

· Securing a development partner (Cityheart and BCEGI) to transform the 3.2 hectare Galleries shopping centre and the wider town centre through the delivery of a range of new town centre uses including residential, a hotel, a new market, flexible work space, cultural and leisure uses, and a food and drink offer;

· Entering a development agreement to bring forward North Leigh Park, one of the borough’s most challenging strategic housing sites to deliver 1,800 new homes, in partnership with Countryside Properties and the GMCA;

· Completion of the A49 link road, funded through the Growth Deal, with the M58 link road due to start on site early next year;

· Working with Wigan & Leigh College to transform the former UTC building into a Centre for Advanced Technical Studies that is based on local labour market analysis and the skill needs of the borough to support economic growth and Covid-19 recovery plans.

 

Becca will take up the role of Stategic Director of Growth and Development mid-October.

 

Becca said:

“I have loved my time working in Wigan and the opportunity to work on some really exciting projects for the borough alongside a brilliant team. It was a tough decision to leave, however this role is too good of an opportunity to miss, and I am excited about the next challenge in my career.”

 

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: 

“Manchester’s position as a growing, global city makes this one of the most exciting places in Europe. And, as a result, there is little argument that this role is one of the most intersting though challenging in local government. However, having held various high-profile roles across Greater Manchester, Becca is particularly well placed to tackle this role head on.

“Becca will have a key role to play in leading the city out of the grips of the virus, supporting our economic recovery and growth in reaction to the pandemic. I look forward to working with her again and I'm confident that she will bring fresh ideas and real leadership to the delivery of Manchester's economic strategy.”

 

Joanne Roney OBE, Chief Executive of Manchester City Council, said:

“I'm very pleased to have someone with passion for Manchester and determination to make a difference join the team and work alongside me in leading the delivery and ambitions set out in the Our Manchester strategy - and power this city’s recovery following the pandemic.”

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