John Seager has been appointed as chief executive of Sunderland’s new £100million-plus regeneration programme
Seager has joined Siglion – a collaboration between Sunderland City Council, Carillion and development manager Igloo Regenertion - from UK Land Estates to drive forward its ambitious project to transform the area.
In late 2013 the development team revealed a who’s who of architectural talent, including FAT, dRMM, Mae and Studio Egret West, which had been lined up to work on elements of the scheme (see AJ 29.11.13).
Seager will be responsible for managing the development of five major sites including the former Vaux Breweries site, Seaburn and Chapel Garth. He will also oversee the asset management of Siglion’s investment portfolio to enhance its value and generate social, economic and environmental benefits for the city.
Speaking about the appointment Seager said: ‘The post’s appeal was the opportunity to have such a huge impact on Sunderland. Some key, high profile sites are part of the portfolio and my experience to date means I can contribute to their transformation.
‘It’s also a real opportunity to do something that will be personally rewarding. I’m aware of Igloo’s track record, core values and the way they approach development. It’s really inspiring stuff.’
Seager added: ‘Our approach is very much about involving the community and taking that input into the development process. The people at Siglion live and work in the region and we have a vested personal interest in seeing the success of these projects for many years to come.’ (see AJ interview here)
Peter Connolly, managing director of Igloo Regeneration, said: ‘This was a thorough recruitment process and with John we’ve found someone with the right mix of skills and experience. Crucially, he shares our vision and approach to transformational development, and we’re delighted to welcome him to the team.’
During his 13 years with UKLE Seager was responsible for the development of schemes at Team Valley, Newburn Riverside and Newcastle City Centre and worked on a number of public-private partnerships which will be a key element of Siglion’s remit.