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Thursday, 22 January 2009


Ayr Town Centre Renaissance - new directors appointed

PLANS to regenerate the town centre of Ayr made further progress this week with the appointment of five new directors to the board of Ayr Renaissance, the company formed to help focus investment and development in the town.


[Pictured: Ayr Renaissance board members (left to right) back row: Councillor Hugh Hunter, Kirk Murdoch, Councillor Mike Peddie, Stuart Cresswell, David Anderson. Front row: Pat Kennedy, Councillor Elaine Little, Alan Macdonald and Evelyn McCann.]

Interim board chairman and South Ayrshire Council Leader, Councillor Hugh Hunter said: “We are delighted to be able to appoint people of such high calibre as our five new directors. They bring a wealth of national and international experience and skills to the task, and each has a strong commitment to Ayr and South Ayrshire.”

The five new directors are Patricia Kennedy, Alan Macdonald, Kirk Murdoch, Evelyn McCann and Stuart Cresswell and they will join current board members, Councillor Hugh Hunter, Councillor Elaine Little, Councillor Mike Peddie and South Ayrshire Council chief executive David Anderson.

Councillor Hunter continued: “We now have a very strong board in place, and we will focus our efforts on our long-term objective of bringing new jobs, new investment and more facilities into Ayr. All our activities will be geared to boosting our local economy and making Ayr a vibrant town for people to live, work and enjoy their leisure time.”

Established in July last year, Ayr Renaissance is due to publish its strategy and is about to appoint its project director.

The Board has identified some areas for early consideration including:

* Proposed future long term business development and investment.
* Pedestrian access and public transport links.
* Utilising the river frontage to create businesses and facilities.
* Future property demands and uses in the town centre.
* Working with property owners and as part of the Town Heritage Initiative.

Ayr Renaissance is a Limited Liability Partnership.

Biographies of the five new board directors

Patricia Kennedy is a native New Yorker and moved to Ayr in the early 1980’s to work with Digital Equipment Corporation. She now has her own company providing organisation development support to companies and governments in the UK, Europe and the USA. She has held various voluntary appointments including director of Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, vice-chair of Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire and a member of Ayrshire Economic Forum. She is currently chair of the not-for-profit social enterprise company Space Unlimited.

Alan Macdonald founded Dawn Construction Ltd., in 1972 and is managing director and chairman of Dawn Group, one of Scotland’s largest privately owned construction and property companies which employs some 200 people. He is past chairman of Young Presidents Organisation, Scotland Chapter, director of the Gorbals Initiative, director of Glasgow South East Regeneration Agency and chairman of Ayr Racecourse.

Kirk Murdoch is joint senior partner with McGrigors legal practice and is a member of their board. He has been involved in some of the UK’s largest property transactions and leads many large scale real estate deals for clients across the UK.

Evelyn McCann is the former chief executive of Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire, a post she held for eight years. Previously she has held many senior public sector appointments working in economic development, learning and training. She has been a member of the Boards of Learning and Training Scotland, Investors in People Scotland and Strathclyde European Partnership. She is currently a member of the Court of the University of the West of Scotland, a board member of Skills Development Scotland, Irvine Bay Regeneration Company and CEiS Ayrshire.

Stuart Cresswell has been Port Manager of Associated British Port’s only Scottish ports at Ayr and Troon since 2006, having held previous senior positions with the company. Educated at Prestwick Academy and Glasgow Caledonian University, he is also a director of Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce.

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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I have been trying for 2 weeks to contact renaissance, have even visited their office in the town hall (no one in ) left message on answering machine but so far failed to contact. I am trying to open shop in high st to help with regeneration.

thomas said...

Having contacted renaissance I can only praise them for their helpfulness. They have been amazing in helping get things moving and i can only say many many thanks for their help