Chris took up his new position on 1 November.
His main duties will be to: –
- Develop and lead a town centre management team to champion the role of Walsall town centre and the five district centres.
- Improve consultation, communication and networking.
- Ensure the town centre is maintained to a high standard including street lighting, car parking, licensing, refuse collection, crime & safety and tourism.
- Lead on preparing a town centre management strategy and business and action plans including the market and Shopmobility.
Chris said: “I am really pleased to start work in Walsall and to take on the challenge as Walsall’s new town centre manager.
“One of my first aims will be to meet and to work together with local traders, businesses and other local organisations. There is a lot to do but I welcome the support of everyone here during my first couple of months.
“In the future and by working with colleagues and partners I plan to develop and introduce a series of significant town centre plans for the future.”
The 34-year-old has worked in local government for the last 11 years including the town centre management of Shirley and Solihull.
Chris has also led many environmental projects including the management of Solihull’s CCTV system and he jointly led the introduction of the Solihull neighbourhood management function.
Councillor Adrian Andrew, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Chris’s appointment is a significant contribution to the improvement to economic activity in the town and district centres.
“The future regeneration of Walsall town centre and our five district centres is key and Chris will play a leading role in communicating with the businesses already trading.
“Communication between the people and organisations in the town and district centres is vital for the regeneration of the borough and to deliver improvements.
“We are working closely with our partners to drive forward the new town centre management initiative and Chris’s appointment is a key step.”