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Launching the 2019-2020 Regional Chair’s programme, ICE West Midlands is delighted to welcome Gareth Bradford, Director of Housing and Regeneration for the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA). Following the Annual General Meeting, Gareth will talk about the brand-new funding framework in the region; discuss how important transportation and real estate are as bedfellows whilst providing exemplars; and describe the role of the WMCA in housing and regeneration in these uncertain times. Gareth will also talk about his experience of working in Whitehall. Come and hear what promises to be an engaging talk on matters which will likely have a direct impact on most of us.
This year’s AGM will be led by the current West Midlands Chair, Malcolm Corlett, and is an opportunity to influence the 2019-20 regional agenda, as well as meet the incoming Regional Chair.
The AGM will commence at 6.00pm. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be provided. The presentation will commence from 6.30pm and finish at 7.30pm.
Director of Housing and Regeneration for the West Midlands Combined Authority
Gareth oversees over £600m+ of devolved housing and land funds across an area covering 19 local councils and 3 local enterprise partnerships. He leads the development and implementation of the region’s ambitious housing and regeneration strategy including its goal of delivering over 215,000 new homes by 2031 and for the region to lead nationally in design quality, advanced methods of construction, brownfield remediation and town centre regeneration.
Gareth led the region’s negotiations with Government to secure its landmark housing deal in March 2018 and runs a directorate responsible for policy and delivery on town centre regeneration, brownfield development, employment land, land assembly and remediation, affordable housing, one public estate, design, housing supply and securing unprecedented new investment from the public and private sector into real estate.
From 2010 to 2017, Gareth worked in a variety of roles in Central Government. For nearly 3 years he was a policy adviser to the Prime Minister at No10 Downing Street during the Coalition and Conservative-led governments. In No10 he led on a variety of high profile policy areas including housing, energy, transport and local government including being at the forefront of No10’s role in key fiscal events and a variety of flagship policy announcements such as those on social care, starter homes, planning reform, and local government finance.
During his time in Government, Gareth led a cross-Whitehall division responsible for securing regeneration and housing on the back of major infrastructure (eg HS2) and led work on town centres and coastal communities. In 2012 he led the Government’s flagship neighbourhood planning policy through Parliament as part of the Localism Act.
Prior to his time in Central Government, Gareth worked in variety of roles in local government in Devon including responsibilities around infrastructure planning, planning policy, strategy. His largest project was securing the planning, design and delivery of the county’s planned new towns of Cranbrook and Sherford.
Gareth has an MSc with a Distinction in Planning from Cardiff University to which he was awarded an ODPM Bursary, is a chartered town planner, was a finalist in the young planner of the year competition and in 2016 was identified as ‘one to watch’ in Planning Magazine.
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