Council appoints growth director

by Natalie Vincent Tue 17 April 2018, 11:06 am

Waltham Forest Council has appointed development expert Stewart Murray as its strategic director of economic growth, to lead on property, asset management and regeneration planning from 1 May 2018.

Stewart Murrary, Waltham Forest's new strategic director of economic growth

Murray is currently head of the development group at real estate consultant GL Hearn – where he leads a team of 150 people providing consultancy services to local authorities, government and key private-sector investors and developer clients. He has worked in the sector for 30 years across four London boroughs and Greater London Authority.

Martin Esom, chief executive of Waltham Forest Council, welcomed the appointment: "We are delighted to be welcoming Stewart [Murray] to the executive board in his new role as strategic director of economic growth.

"Stewart has led on some of the largest developments and regeneration projects in London and the south-east, and his experience will be invaluable as we continue to unlock Waltham Forest's potential and deliver the deals that regenerate and transform the borough."

Murray will be charged with redeveloping the town hall, delivering a new town centre at Lea Bridge and Leyton and securing 17,000 new homes over the next 10 years.

Murray said: "There is strong and inspiring leadership at the council. I look forward to working with the senior leadership team to continue to transform the borough economically and in housing development, so that Waltham Forest is the leading regeneration borough in London benefitting all its residents and businesses."

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