Nick Brown

Nick Brown Chairman, Urban Growth Company

Nick Brown is Chair of the Urban Growth Company and has an outstanding reputation and track record in industry for leading and delivering complex operational projects and large scale, world class transport developments.

Nick has a wealth of experience, spanning 36 years, in the transport, infrastructure and professional services sectors. Nick joined GTR in November 2016 as Chief Operating Officer to help resolve some of the rail industry challenges in South East England. Prior to joining GTR he was Managing Director of London Underground and London Rail for Transport for London.

Nick is married with two children and lives in Solihull and London.

Ian Courts

Councillor Ian Courts Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member, Managed Growth Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Elected to SMBC in 2003; served for several years as Cabinet Member for Managed Growth; Mayor of Solihull 2010-11. His responsibilities include economic growth, planning policy and land. Member of the WMCA; alternate director of the GBSLEP and chairs its European Structural & Investment Funds Committee. Deputy Leader of the Council from 2014.

Exhibition scholarship to read Law at Cambridge University; qualified as solicitor; joined the John Laing Group, where he became MD of Trading Division then Laing Homes. Retired in 2004. Ian’s interests lie in business and planning, the environment, natural world and ecology.

Anne Brereton

Anne Brereton Director of Managed Growth & Communities, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

Anne leads the place shaping agenda for Solihull Council and is also a Board Member of the Urban Growth Company.

Anne is a Chartered town planner and has worked on significant regeneration, growth and development projects. Before joining SMBC, Anne was Deputy Chief Executive and Strategic Director at South Bedfordshire.

Anne is responsible for a wide range of Place services including environment, neighbourhoods, waste and street scene, highways and transport, community safety and public protection, bereavement services, housing, planning and economic development, inward investment and regeneration, Arts & Libraries, Customer Services and Partnerships and Communities

Jamie Kerr

Jamie Kerr Managing Director, HS2 Growth Partnership

Jamie Kerr was seconded in to LCR from HS2 to run the HS2 Growth Partnership. The HS2 Growth Partnership has been set up to support the Cities along the route to deliver regeneration and development along the HS2 route.

Jamie is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years of experience in property development and finance. Most recently, he was a director at John Laing Investments, where he was responsible for rail, education, health, housing and property partnerships with the public sector. Amongst other PFI and PPPs, he bid won and ran the Croydon Council Urban Regeneration Vehicle, a £450m Asset Backed Vehicle.

Prior to John Laing, Jamie worked for THI (Leisure development and funding), Thornfield (Retail led urban regeneration) and Sun Alliance where he worked on major urban regeneration projects as well as fund management.

Clinton Leeks

Clinton Leeks OBE

Clinton is an experienced consultant advising a wide range of UK and international businesses, on infrastructure development, strategy, government relations, procurement, business development, corporate PR and community relations issues. He is an established trainer and public speaker.

Clinton was formerly a Director at the Hong Kong Airport Authority leading the external relations team from 1992-1998. Between 2006-2011 he was Corporate Affairs Director at Crossrail Limited, and until October 2013 was also External and Parliamentary Relations Director for High Speed 2.

Huw Rhys Lewis BSc, BArch, MSc, MRIBA, MRICS, MAPM Managing Director, Urban Growth Company

Huw Lewis has over 25 years’ experience in the private and public sector – in the UK and internationally – covering a range of sectors including retail, offices, leisure, transportation, waste education, housing and infrastructure.

Previous roles include Director of Property Projects at the City of London Corporation, Director at Shanks plc and Director at Balfour Beatty, overseeing major capital projects at Heathrow T5 and T2.