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British Urban Regeneration Association appoints chief

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Ex-Greater London Council (GLC) deputy leader Michael Ward has been named the new chief executive of the British Urban Regeneration Association (BURA).

Mr Ward was London mayor Ken Livingstone’s deputy from 1985 until the GLC’s abolition in 1986.

He takes over at the head of BURA, which promotes best practice in urban regeneration, from Jon Ladd who stepped down at Christmas.

Mr Ward was previously chief executive of the Kent Thameside Delivery Board, an agency responsible for overseeing housing and regeneration projects in Dartford and Gravesham BCs.

Before joining Kent Thameside, Mr Ward was the first chief executive of the London Development Agency and director of the Centre for Local Economic Strategies .

BURA chair Jackie Sadek said: “Michael has a level of technical expertise in the regeneration sector which is second to none and the board will be looking to him to help lead the organisation into this new challenging era for the regeneration sector."

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