One seat left to fill before board is full

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A partnership tasked with selling and developing £32million of land assets in Milton Keynes has only one board post to fill after the latest appointment.

New city advocate and resident Bob Hill has been appointed to Milton Keynes Development Partnership Board (MKDP) which was formed to manage the £32m asset portfolio acquired by Milton Keynes Council from the Homes & Communities Agency earlier in the year.

MKDP has been tasked to take a “commercial and entrepreneurial approach” to the assets while ensuring the community is included in the preparation of development briefs for the sites.

Mr Hill qualified as a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1980, has lived in Milton Keynes for more than 40 years and has been running his own business for the past 15 years. He was formerly Managing Director of the British Rail Property Board, and prior to that Commercial Director for Milton Keynes Development Corporation.

Over the years he has made a big contribution to civic life in his roles with the Parks Trust, MK Community Foundation, MK Theatre and the MK City Orchestra, and he currently sits on the board of the local Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Mr Hill will be working alongside the three other recently appointed independent MKDP Board members; John Walker, Bob Green and chair John Duggan, adding to the team’s extensive business and property experience both locally and nationally.

They join the four existing Milton Keynes Council board members, councillors Andrew Geary, Norman Miles, Edith Bald and Cec Tallack

Mr Hill’s arrival follows the recent appointment of Charles Macdonald as chief executive.