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Attributes of the Town Champion

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They need to have:

An entrepreneurial attitude, taking risks to get things done

A confident manner, to carry communities forward with them and engender expectation of success. It's also essential to win over the uncommitted

The ability to think laterally, challenging the status quo and finding new ways of dealing with old problems

They need to be:

Aware, alive to the possibilities of the physical context. This includes not only the site or sites and the buildings on them, but the neighbourhood and wider surroundings

A free spirit, smart and street-wise


A genuine enabler, creating a climate for ideas of others

A good negotiator, creating 'win-win' situations

An innovator, bringing new thinking

An able project manager, able to focus group energy

A 'multi-tasker', working at different levels of the problem

A networker, willing to connect across disciplines

A good communicator, verbally and non-verbally

A professional non-professional, recognising the lay-person's views as just as relevant

They also need to be able to:

Work between the joints, seeing opportunities between public and voluntary bodies

Stand in the middle, being objective 'doers' not 'watchers'

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