A new chair has been appointed to head up Derry’s urban regeneration company.
Philip Flynn has taken up the role of Chair at ilex, taking over from interim chair Matt McNulty. The appointment, made by the Office of the Frist and Deputy First Minister was announced this afternoon.
Three new directors, Aaron McElhinney, Henry McGarvey and Gerry Mullen were also appointed, to “bring the Board up to full strength”, Mr McNulty said. He added: “The new Chairman and board members join the company at an exciting time when the city has proven its credentials through the success of the City of Culture and the completion and enhancement of many heritage and cultural projects. The work already completed at Ebrington has demonstrated the site’s capacity to stage large-scale cultural events such as the BBC’s One Big Weekend, the Fleadh and the Turner Prize which takes place later this year
“Building work has commenced on the North West Regional Science Park at Fort George which will establish and support an enhanced positioning of the City in new areas of cutting edge technology. The major car-park now under construction at Ebrington will complete mid-2014 and Ilex’s development framework for the entire site is at an advanced stage. Such progress will enable Ilex to bring the Ebrington site to the local, regional and international investment market in the immediate future.
“The level of interest in Ebrington to date suggests that the framework will bring sustainable jobs and act as a catalyst for future investment and the full development of the 26-acre site.”
Mr McNulty added that Ilex will participate fully in this Reform of Public Administration agenda and “is at an advanced stage in agreeing the new working partnership with Derry City Council whereby Council will take the lead in driving the city’s regeneration through the implementation of the One Plan”.
Ilex was established jointly by DSD and OFMDFM in 2003 but since April is fully owned by and accountable to OFMDFM.
The position of Board Member of Ilex URC carries an annual remuneration of £9,600.