Greater Manchester Leaders Plus – Candidates

Leaders Plus Round 1 runs from January 2020 to October 2020. Profiles of the candidates are below.

GM Leaders Plus Round 1 – Candidates

Darren Ashworth
Senior Associate, Trowers & Hamlins

Darren is a real estate lawyer with more than 10 years' experience working with developers, investors and government departments on a wide variety of projects. He trained and spent the early part of his career at Slaughter & May and, following roles at other international law firms, is now at Trowers & Hamlins. He also previously managed a Land & Development team in a local authority. Darren values teamwork and effective communication and provides commercially focused advice. He also recognises the importance of having a wider commercial skill set and has obtained project management qualifications.

Joseph Conmee
Town Centre Regeneration Programme Manager, Stockport Council

Joseph is a regeneration and strategy professional with over 15 years’ experience in local government across a variety of roles. He has led on strategy development at local authority and regional levels as well as leading the delivery of high-profile projects across the economic development, children’s services, and community safety agendas. Most recently, Joseph has been instrumental in creating Greater Manchester’s first Mayoral Development Corporation to lead delivery of up to 3,500 new homes in Stockport town centre and shaping the work to scale up Greater Manchester’s capacity to deliver its housing, regeneration, and growth agendas.

Angela Harrington
Head of Work & Skills, Manchester City Council

Angela has developed and leads on the delivery of Manchester’s Work & Skills Strategy, working with key private, public and voluntary stakeholders to deliver a coordinated employment support and skills offer for residents and business. Her current role builds on over 20 years experience of economic development and regeneration, including the Head of Regeneration role at Manchester City Council. Connecting people and places to the benefits of economic growth has always been at the core of her work.

John Herring
Strategic Lead for Organisational Development, GM Health & Care Partnership

John's work is focused on culture, leadership, equality and inclusion across GM public services. Prior to his Partnership role, he was an operational senior manager across services in the voluntary and community sector, private sector and the NHS. He started out in health and social care, initially as a support worker then as a psychotherapist. This breadth of experience informs his current focus on how leadership and workforce can come together to deliver the GM Mayor’s vision of a unified public service for the people of Greater Manchester. John is an experienced chair, facilitator and coach, supporting people to be their best. He is also passionate about inclusion and leads the work on race equality across GM public services. John is a proud Salfordian, is the main carer for his mother who has dementia, has a passion for non-league football and was once a singer/songwriter.

Andy Jackson
Associate, Arup

Andy is a chartered civil engineer with extensive experience of developing and delivering city infrastructure and complex multidisciplinary projects across Greater Manchester. His experience encompasses early stage city advice through to construction delivery. His project experience includes strategic rail line and station planning, major city-centre public realm, residential development and city strategy production, including his lead role and authoring of the Greater Manchester Infrastructure Framework. Based in Manchester, his work is committed to the transformative impact of infrastructure on the city.

Shefali Kapoor
Head of Neighbourhoods, Manchester City Council

Shefali has 15 years' experience in local government, across a wide range of disciplines including project management, stakeholder and relationship management and working with communities to deliver positive change in places where they live. As Head Of Neighbourhoods, Shefali leads a large team responsible for delivering local priorities; this includes leading the City’s place based reform programme - working with other public sector partners to deliver sustained changes to the way that organisations work together to improve the lives of Manchester residents. Shefali also volunteers as a coach as part of the Pankhurst Centre’s Queen Bee Coaching Programme.

Sarah Lowes
Major Planning Projects Manager, Trafford Council

Sarah has nearly 15 years’ experience working within local authority planning departments. After 10 years at a London authority, she relocated to Greater Manchester and joined Trafford Council in 2016. She now manages the Major Planning Projects Team with responsibility for bringing forward strategic and corporate developments through the planning system. She is also influential in the place-shaping agenda within the borough. Sarah has an interest in design with a passion to see development deliver new places which enhance the lives of communities. Sarah is a Future London Leaders alumna, graduating in 2015.

Carl Moore
Head of Home Ownership & Supply (North West), Homes England

Carl has led Homes England’s affordable housing delivery in the North West since 2008. In parallel, he has had a relationship lead with both Liverpool City Region and more recently, Greater Manchester. With a background in town planning, Carl has experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams responsible for delivering large-scale property and regeneration projects including Lime Street Gateway and Edge Lane, Liverpool. Carl has also acted as lead witness for both Homes England and a local authority in relation to Compulsory Purchase Order public inquiries.

Phillipa Nazari
Assistant Director Information Governance & Data Protection Officer, GMCA

Phillipa has over a decade of experience as an Information Governance professional at all levels in the public sector and is currently working as AD across the Greater Manchester city region to improve engagement and consistency in working practices and to drive innovation in data-sharing, all to enable beneficial outcomes for the people of GM. She leads a core team of Information Governance professionals that support the devolution and reform agenda across Greater Manchester and is leading on the development and delivery of the GM Information Strategy. Phillipa provides leadership and oversight as Data Protection Officer for two GM organisations.

Phil Rimmer
Assistant Director - Revenues, Benefits and Customer Services, Bolton Council

Phil has 34 years’ experience in local government and has delivered a number of key local projects including the implementation of Local Welfare Provision, Local Housing Allowance and Local Council Tax Support. Phil has responsibility for the delivery of a wide range of services including Welfare Rights, Business Rates & Council Tax collection and Bolton’s One Stop Shop. Phil is the Chair of Bolton’s Financial Inclusion Forum, a regular speaker at events and forums and is a professionally qualified member of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation.

Helen Walters
Town Centre Manager, Stockport Council

With nearly 20 years in economic development and regeneration, Helen has worked on a range of projects including attracting and retaining inward investment, delivering business workspace, organising business summits and managing business support provision. She particularly enjoys working collaboratively with partner organisations and stakeholders to deliver outcomes. In early 2019, Helen took on the role of Town Centre Manager, leading on operational management and co-ordinating council efforts to improve the quality and vitality of the town centre so it achieves its full potential.

David Watson
Associate Director, Hatch

David has 16 years’ experience in economic development and regeneration consultancy. His interests in cities, economic geography and urban regeneration have shaped his career to date. David specialises in how land, property and infrastructure projects deliver socio-economic and regeneration benefits for localities, cities and regions. His research, evidence and analysis informs the development of area visions, strategies and masterplans, while it also enables clients to understand and articulate the impact and benefits of their proposals. David is an experienced project manager and recently completed an economic and social value assessment for the NOMA development in Manchester.

Marc Watterson
Associate, Arup

Marc is an Associate Town Planner with 20+ years’ experience including in local government and over 15 years in consultancy. He currently manages the Planning, Policy and Economics team in Arup’s Manchester office, delivering a wide range of development management and planning policy services, and regeneration, growth and development strategies. He takes a multi-disciplinary approach to his work and with a track record working successfully with a number or architects and designers, cites the most satisfying part of his job as being to influence buildings and places and seeing plans come to life.

John Wrathmell
Director, Strategy & Research, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

John leads GMCA strategy and research, working to the Mayor and other Leaders. His role includes developing and delivering the unique devolution deal between Greater Manchester and the Government covering infrastructure, skills & work, housing and public service reform (including health & care). He was previously an Economic Advisor at HM Treasury and worked for Ed Miliband and Ed Balls as their Head of Economic Policy at the Labour Party.

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