New regeneration director appointed

Wed 8 January 2020, 4:39 pm

Bristol City Council has appointed a permanent executive director to lead ambitious plans for inclusive growth and regeneration.

Stephen Peacock started in the role as executive director: growth and regeneration in November after being chosen unanimously by a cross-party selection panel.

He is charged with delivering the ambitions of the One City Plan, as well as driving forward major projects including the transformation of Temple Meads Station, Western Harbour, revitalisation of the city centre and bringing forward housing sites.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, said: “This is a crucial and demanding role for a major city like Bristol and we need an exceptional leader to continue the excellent work so far. We’re pleased to welcome Stephen to the council. His experience of more than 20 years in senior strategic roles, across the public and private sectors, will be very valuable to Bristol at a time of considerable change and opportunity.”

Peacock said: “I am excited to be returning to a city as vibrant and diverse as Bristol. We know however that Bristol faces many inequalities and its success is not shared by everyone. I am motivated by making a real difference to people’s lives and I am looking forward to working with a great team of talented colleagues to help progress the great work already underway to make this a reality."

He has experience in economic development, major regeneration projects, technology and the energy sector, as well as boasting good connections in the region from his previous role as executive director of the South West Regional Development Agency. 

Peacock replaces Colin Molton and will have responsibility for areas including planning, highways and transport, housing and landlord services, property, parks, libraries, culture and heritage, City Leap and our response to the climate emergency.

Mayor Rees added: “Colin has made a tremendous contribution over the last two years. His extensive knowledge and experience has helped us progress a range of major projects and initiatives, strengthening relationships with Government and other partners, opening up new opportunities to us.”