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Liverpool 'Regenerator' Jim Gill to hang up boots

The search is on for a replacement for Jim Gill – a central figure in the regeneration of Liverpool – who is to retire later this year

After nearly nine years as the chief executive of regeneration agency Liverpool Vision (LV), the influential 61-year-old has decided to call it a day and the hunt for a new figurehead has begun.

Gill came to the city in 2001 and oversaw the organisation’s mutation in 2008 from the the UK’s first Urban Regeneration Company, into an economic development and regeneration agency comprising the old LV, the Liverpool Land Development Company and BusinessLiverpool.

Awarded the OBE for services to regeneration in 2006, Gill had previously held senior roles with English Partnerships, including commercial director and North West Regional Director, following several years working in senior roles for the government and for AMEC.

He said: ‘I had always planned to retire at 60 and now that Liverpool Vision is well established I have decided it is time to go.’

‘I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Liverpool through a period of rapid and positive change.

He added: ‘[The city] has a determination to become an even more vibrant and dynamic international city and I know Liverpool Vision will be in the vanguard of ensuring this happens.’

To read a full interview with Gill shortly after he took charge of the reigns of the new Liverpool Vision in May 2008 click here.

Gill will remain in the post until a successor is found.

For further information and requests for interviews please contact Jonathan Caswell on 0151 600 2946

Readers' comments (1)

  • Jim Gill may be labelled here in this article as the Regenerator but to local people he has a lot to answer for. He has allowed himself to be a focal point for some of the crudest developments that have befallen our once great world heritage site.
    He was behind the Terminal Ferry Carbuncle. The Mann Island scheme...those three black slugs sliming their way across the best world heritage views in the city.
    The Oscar Niemeyer rip off museum which looks a carbon copy of Romes Maxxi and during his stewardship Liverpool (lack of ) Vision have, through their lack of architectural understanding turned Princes Dock into Milton Keynes-On-Sea.

    This binge build of the last 5 years is not regeneration it is DEGENERATION so good riddance Mr Gill we would have been better off if you understood that your best asset is your world heritage site and when we said we need to build upon what we have got we didnt mean you to take it literally.
    The unfortunate thing for me is that you will now be off to a retirement is Spain or somewhere warm with all the money you have earned and I will have to look at what you have sanctioned and funded as head of the Quango Liverpool Vision for the rest of my life.

    Wayne Colquhoun

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