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Thames Gateway corporation unveils senior team

The newly created London Thames Gateway Development Corporation - the organisation formed by the government to deliver sustainable communities in the Lower Lea Valley - has announced its first executive appointments.

Peter Andrews, presently chief executive of the New Swindon Company, joins the corporation as chief executive. A chartered surveyor, Mr Andrews has an extensive track record in the development of complex urban sites, as well as recent public-sector experience in urban regeneration. Mr Andrews will take up his appointment in the summer.

Ian Short, joins as chief operating officer from Lehman Brothers, New York, where he was a senior vice president in the operations division, with responsibility for global project management, business planning, budgeting and HR-related functions.

John Allen, formerly head of planning and development at the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, has been appointed as director of planning.

Martin Venning has been named head of communications. A former head of regeneration and corporate affairs manager for Tesco, Venning has a 20-year career in corporate and marketing communications in the property and retail sectors.

Commenting on these appointments, Lorraine Baldry, the chairman of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, said she was delighted. 'We have an executive team that has real hands-on experience of delivering urban-regeneration solutions on the ground, using a broad range of skills,' she said.

'Working together with my colleagues on the board and the Development Corporation's statutory partners, they will help to focus resources in the Lower Lea Valley and Barking/Havering Riverside, in order to accelerate the pace of economic, social and environmental change in London Thames Gateway,' she added.

by Ed Dorrell

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