Revo appoints Henry Dimbleby and Tom Bloxham MBE to new strategic board

By Kasmira Jefford - Friday, September 08, 2017 12:38

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Revo has appointed a new strategic board which will steer its work going forward including its role advising government on the what’s needed to support investment in the UK’s towns, cities and other urban areas.

The Strategic Board will be led by Mark Williams, Principal at Hark and current Vice-President of Revo.

The members of the new strategic Board are drawn from the diverse mix of organisations which play a role in redefining retail places, where a mix of uses is becoming critical to the commercial success of our towns and cities. Companies from the residential, leisure; and urban design sectors, are joined by retail property owners, local authorities, occupiers and the consultancies that support them.

Among these are Henry Dimbleby, co-founder of healthy eating outlet Leon, and Tom Bloxham MBE, Chairman and co-founder of urban regeneration specialist Urban Splash. Both are also among the speakers at Revo Liverpool 2017, which takes place at the Liverpool Exhibition Centre, 19 – 21 September.

In recognition of the critical role played by the public sector in successful retail placemaking, Revo also welcomes a number of senior figures from local authorities to its Strategic Board, including: Dr Diane Savoury OBE, Chair, Gloucester LEP; Pat Ritchie, Chief Executive Newcastle City Council and Councillor Allan Strickland, Haringey Council.

These will all work alongside some of the UK’s most influential retail landlords, including Hammerson, British Land, M&G; Hark; Ellandi and intu, and leading advisors such as Justin Taylor, Head of EMEA Retail at Cushman & Wakefield and Tim Vallance, Head of UK Retail and Leisure, JLL.

Mark Williams, Vice President, Revo, said: “The appointment of a Strategic Board is significant as the organisation evolves to reflect the diverse mix of organisations that are shaping retail places. The make-up of the Board ensures Revo’s activities moving forward, including our work with Government, will be shaped by insights from not only from private sector investors and developers, but local authorities and retail and leisure operators, which have such a bearing on the look, feel – and success – of a place. I would like to thank all of our new Strategic Board members for their commitment to working with us moving forward.”

Ed Cooke, chief executive, Revo, added: “It has been 12 months since we re-branded from BCSC to Revo, part of a clear strategy to support all businesses in the retail property and place-making sector to enable them to thrive and prosper through our influence, networks, thought leadership and benchmarks.

"Having this Strategic Board to support us is a key milestone in our journey. The calibre and diversity of the group is a symbol of the innovation and leadership that exists in our industry. Given the current political and market environment in which we find ourselves, I’m confident we have the right people, supported by the wider membership, to ensure our sector continues to adapt and flourish, creating value for businesses and the communities they serve.

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