WHERE WE WATCH/ 20-05-2015
The third event will be about the transformation of Salford Quays from an industrial landscape to a modern media and arts focussed neighbourhood. Championed by Lindsay Whitley, Principal Urban Designer at WYG.
Booking: 4x4's are free to attend and open to all, but please let us know you are interested via eventbrite.
Speakers: Stephen Wild, Chris Findley, Julia Fawcett and Martin Maris.
Chris is the Assistant Director Planning, Salford City Council and has worked in local government for more years than he cares to remember, including 21 years with Salford City Council, and 15 years leading the City’s Planning team.
During his time at Salford the City has moved from decline to major growth, the growth of Salford’s part of the City and Regional Centre, and major regeneration and development elsewhere as well. That growth is set to continue as Salford continues to play a key role in driving forward the growth of the GM economy. The creation and then continuing development of Salford Quays through its various stages has been at the heart of Salford’s successful regeneration since the 1980’s: that process was driven and enabled by the City Council, working with partners, and based on a clear vision for the future.
For over 10 years Chris has chaired the Greater Manchester Planning Officers Group, and under the evolving AGMA arrangements is the Planning lead for Greater Manchester. The devolution agreement changes the Planning context within Greater Manchester, with a statutory Greater Manchester Spatial Framework becoming the responsibility of the elected GM Mayor from May 2017. The framework will define the housing and employment growth requirements for Greater Manchester into the mid 2030’s.
Julia Fawcett OBE
Julia Fawcett OBE is the Chief Exec at The Lowry which is one of the largest performance and visual arts centres in the UK, located at Salford Quays in Greater Manchester. Appointed in June 2002, Fawcett is responsible for ensuring the artistic and commercial success of the Centre, which is also a registered charity. (No: 1053962) Since she joined The Lowry, visitor numbers have risen steadily – with over 840,000 people currently passing through the doors each year – making The Lowry the most popular visitor attraction in Greater Manchester, and one of the most popular in the North West of England. Fawcett has developed formal partnerships between The Lowry and Birmingham Royal Ballet, the National Theatre, Opera North and Rambert. In doing this, she has positioned the Centre as the home for touring productions of some of the UK’s leading cultural institutions.
The University of Salford conferred an honorary doctorate on Fawcett in 2008 and, in 2010, she received an OBE in the New Year’s Honours List in recognition of her contribution to the arts. Born in Ordsall, Salford, Julia is married with two children and now lives in Cheadle Hulme, Stockport.
Stephen is Managing Director at MediaCityUK and leads the Executive Board with responsibility for all aspects of MediaCityUK including strategic positioning, commercial and operational strategies, together with relationships with the major occupiers and the wider stakeholders (both public and private sector) in MediaCityUK. Stephen leads the team delivering the asset and facilities management services to MediaCityUK.
A qualified Chartered Surveyor (RICS) by background, Stephen has been heavily involved in many of the major redevelopments/joint ventures which have seen the redevelopment of Manchester City Centre, Liverpool One and a number of other centres across the North.
Prior to joining Peel in 2006, Stephen was a partner at GVA Grimley with responsibility for development across the North of England.
Stephen is also a member of the Peel Land & Property Board and the Peel Group Supervisory Board.
Project Manager, BBC Philharmonic
Martin trained at the Colchester Institute, School of Music and London University, studying piano, violin, voice and composition. After post-graduate teacher training, Martin secured a teaching post as Head of Music in a comprehensive school in Middlesex. In 1992 he joined the staff of the BBC in Manchester to set up an education & community department for the BBC Philharmonic (the first BBC orchestra to make such an appointment).
Since then he has taken the orchestra into many extraordinary educational and community settings - from the fish sheds of Grimsby and HM Prison Strangeways in Manchester, to the deserts of Oman and Bahrain and the most remote islands of Orkney in Scotland.
Before the BBC Philharmonic moved to MediaCityUK in 2011, Martin’s work became very focused on working with communities within Salford. Close work with Salford City Council resulted in the creation of the Salford Family Orchestra & Chorus – a diverse group of people from across the city – grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and the extended family – all coming together to make music, whatever their ages or musical back-grounds.