New director paves the way for prosperity

David Carter has joined North Somerset Council as its new Director of Development and Environment and will head-up the council’s ambitious programme for economic prosperity.

The council has recently agreed its corporate plan for the next four years, and at its heart is the ambition to ensure that the area sees significant and sustainable economic growth while providing a great place to live for residents.

David’s considerable experience in the private sector makes him well-placed to lead this priority area of work having directed a number of significant development projects during his 13 years at Parsons Brinckerhoff. These projects include ten years working on the planning and development of much of the infrastructure for Cranbrook to the east of Exeter on behalf of Devon County Council.

He also worked as project director for the design of the infrastructure at Hayle Harbour in Cornwall. His last role at Parsons Brinckerhoff was as the director responsible for the Homes and Communities Agency multi-disciplinary development panel.

Prior to these roles, David worked on projects bringing contaminated land back into use at redevelopment sites in London.

In his first week at North Somerset, David said: “I was really attracted to working in North Somerset because of the clear commitment the council has made to employment-led growth. There is a real sense of drive about the place, and my early impressions are of an organisation that works well with its partners, and is prepared to be bold with the decisions it takes to ensure a prosperous future for its communities.

“One of my early priorities is to ensure that the council’s vision for the regeneration of Weston-super-Mare town centre accelerates on the back of early public sector investment. The Homes and Communities Agency, Weston College and the council have all committed significant investment in the town and, as well as ensuring all this is delivered effectively, I am also keen to ensure it acts as a successful catalyst for private sector led development.

“There are, of course, many other areas of work that I will get involved in, given the huge remit of the directorate. I am proud to be joining a very capable team of people and look forward to supporting the continuing transformation of the organisation over the years ahead.”

Cllr Nigel Ashton, Leader of North Somerset Council, said: “David joins us at a pivotal point in the area’s economic growth. His predecessor David Turner has left behind a lasting legacy of investment in the economic stability of the area, and also our tremendously successful partnership working at the West of England level.

“He has laid solid foundations for his successor, and I have no doubt that David Carter will continue to deliver a successful agenda of work to support North Somerset’s continued success as a great place to live and work.”