Board members of group who will manage £32m of land assets in MK are named

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The first two members of a new body that will manage £32million worth of land assets have been named.

John Walker, a former planning director of the Milton Keynes Development Corporation, and experienced businessman Bobn Green will sit on the newly formed Milton Keynes Development Partnership.

The independent group has been set up to manage assets aquired by Milton Keynes Council from the Homes and Community Agency, including the National Bowl.

Its brief is to take a commercial and entrepreneurial approach to sell and develop these assets with third party developers and investors, while ensuring full engagement from residents and other interested parties.

As well as his role at MKDC, Mr Walker was the chief executive of the Commission for New Towns. An integral part of key developments in Milton Keynes over many years, he also set up the National Energy Foundation in 1988, of which he is presently chairman.

Mr Green brings a wide range of private sector and business knowledge to the board. he has worked with a variety of blue chip companies, such as ScottishPower

and ADT, as well as more locally with such companies as Wilson Connolly and McCann Homes.

MKDP chairman John Duggan said: “This is a good start and we have recruited two candidates of a very high calibre with the appropriate skills and experience from a strong field of 15 applicants.

“This is an important step forward for Milton Keynes and we are very keen to have people with the right mix of personal skills and experience from relevant sectors – and we are definitely getting there.”

Mr Duggan’s previous roles include a stint as chairman of Gazeley, a leading international developer of distribution space and a wholly owned subsidiary of Asda. He was also chairman of Milton Keynes Parks Trust for 20 years until he retired in 2011.

There are still two more vacancies left on the board and plans are being drawn together to advertise these.

In the meantime, early interest in these roles is being noted by Andrea Marks. Anyone interested in the positions should email here at Andrea.Marks@milton-keynes.gov.uk