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The Board

The Government guidance requires a local authority to set up a Town Deal Board

The Runcorn Town Deal Board comprises a range of key stakeholders from both the public and private sectors. The Board is independently chaired by a local businessperson, Adrian Fillingham. Halton Borough Council is represented on the Board, with the Council also providing administrative support. Some local ward councilors are on the Board, as well as Derek Twigg MP. The elected members are aware of local issues and the improvements requested by their residents.

The Board members are:

Adrian Fillingham

Chair

Adrian is a Senior Project Manager with J Brand Ltd based on the Astmoor Industrial Estate in Runcorn. Adrian is also Vice Chair of the Astmoor Business Improvement District Board. He is Chair of the Runcorn Town Deal Board

Stephen Young

Board member

Stephen became the Chief Executive of Halton Borough Council in April 2022 having recently held the position of Executive Director at Lancashire County Council and various senior roles across Greater Manchester before that. Stephen’s background is in regeneration and environmental services having led a regeneration pipeline in Lancashire worth in excess of £11 billion pounds. Stephen holds an MBA as well as an undergraduate degree in Politics and Economics. Outside of work Stephen is married with two small children

Wesley Rourke

Board member

Wesley is an Operational Director for Economy, Enterprise and Property at Halton Borough Council.

At Halton, he is responsible for:

  • Bringing forward and implementing the borough’s major physical development sites; managing the Council’s property and strategic assets;
  • Coordinating and acting upon the borough’s inward investment and business enquiries;
  • Encouraging and supporting businesses to expand;
  • Developing and delivering initiatives, which create, secure and safeguard jobs in the Borough and the provision of a wide range of adult and family learning courses across the borough.

Derek Twigg MP

Board member

Derek has lived all of his life in Halton.  Derek has served as the Member of Parliament for Halton since 1997 and his priority is the people of Halton

Sophie Bevan

Board member

Sophie is an Investment Manager at Liverpool City Region Combined Authority as well as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Sophie also sits on the St Helens and Southport Town Deals boards

Cllr Dave Thompson

Board member

Dave is Deputy Leader of Halton Council and has represented the Halton Lea ward for 20 years. He has almost 35 years in the public sector, working for Councils in the Liverpool City Region. His professional expertise is in managing public spaces and has experience of judging / assessing quality and performance in local government. In 2005 he was asked by the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister to join its Green Flag Advisory Board as the sole representative of local authorities.

Rachael Owen

Board member

Having worked as a business adviser across a breadth of sectors, public and private, throughout the North West and Liverpool City Region, Rachael now focuses on the specific needs of Halton based organisations and champions a business centric approach as the Chief Executive of Halton Chamber of Commerce.  Halton Chamber is a business led, not for profit, membership organisation, representing Runcorn and Widnes based enterprises.  The Chamber supports local inter-trading and provides practical help and advice at all stages of business development including start up, consolidation and growth, as well as international expansion.  Rachael is a qualified, post 16 lecturer with a PGCE, CIM Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and MBA.

Hayley Dooley

Board member

Hayley is the DWP Partnership Manager working on behalf of the local Jobcentres in Runcorn and Widnes, supporting partners to deliver a wide range of services, training and support to unemployed people and their families across Halton.

Mary Murphy

Board member

Mary is the Principal of Riverside College and Cronton Sixth Form College, having worked previously in two highly successful colleges in the North West. Mary has a wealth of industrial and educational experience and alongside her team of teaching, support and training staff she invests in young people and adults to ensure that they all have opportunities to fulfil their potential.

Lucy Gardner

Board member

Lucy is the Director of Strategy at Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (WHH).  Lucy started her career 17 years ago as an NHS General Management Trainee, gaining a Master’s degree in health and social care leadership and management. In the 17 years she has held a number of operational management roles within the NHS and subsequently, in her role at EY and most recently as Director of Strategy at WHH, led large scale change programmes to deliver significant financial, quality and performance benefits predominantly within healthcare. Highlights include; leading the introduction of the support time recovery worker role into mental health services; leading a £3.6m project to install the first intra-operative scanner in a pediatric setting in the UK and Europe; leading the transfer of pediatric services from an acute to a community setting; directing a project for disadvantaged pregnant teenagers in Peru; and leading the support to the merger of two large acute Trusts.  Lucy is passionate about improving the lives of the populations she serves from a health and wider regeneration perspective.

Paul Mullane

Board member

Paul is Director of Development and Growth for Halton Housing and currently is looking after the development of new homes, delivering their ambitious plan to build and acquire 1,000 new homes covering a whole market housing offer.

Claire Bradbury

Board member

Claire is Chief Executive of Power in Partnership, a community education provider. Claire is passionate about communities and young people and has been involved in the third sector In Halton for over 25 years.

Graham Wallace

Board member

Graham is a retired Royal Navy veteran and local business man. Graham is the Chairman of Runcorn Locks Restoration Society. Graham sits on the Runcorn Town Team panel

Alex Haycraft

Board member

Alex is the managing director of Blueball Brewery Ltd and Society Tap Room based in Runcorn. Alex is also a member of the Runcorn Town Team.

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Key Documents

In order to make this vision a reality, we have put forward a range of projects to secure funding from the Towns Fund. In total seven projects are put forward, including Runcorn Station Quarter, Unlock Runcorn, High Street Connectivity, Brindley Theatre Enhancement, a Health and Education Hub, a Creative and Digital Skills Centre, and Town Centre New Homes.

A final phase of consultation, that was coordinated in December 2020 and January 2021, brought together the outcomes and the insights collected over a number of years, through multiple phases of engagement. The survey was designed as an opportunity to ascertain the opinion of people in Runcorn and to confirm that the vision being proposed has public support, along with the projects that have been prioritised.

633 people have responded to the consultation exercise, responding to ten questions about the Runcorn Town Investment Plan, and the aspirations to level up the Town Centre. The response from local people was encouraging; with key finding that 74% of people are aware of the Town Deal and the ambition to regenerate Runcorn, highlighting the effectiveness of long-term engagement programmes and established stakeholder relationships. The project Unlock Runcorn found the most public support of all seven proposed projects.

Runcorn Outcome of Formal Consultation and Engagement