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    CRP prides itself on its friendly approach and was awarded Investors In People status in 2007. Feedback in this stated: “It is really encouraging to see that good, sound, common sense approaches can be so successful in an organisation like this, when allied to vision, commitment, leadership and good communications. Your organisation shines through and continuous improvement should ensure continuing success.”

    Chief Executive: Dr. Angus Kennedy OBE

    Angus Kennedy is widely recognised to be one of the UK’s most influential regeneration professionals.  He is Chief Executive of CRP, as well as Chair of Cross Keys Homes (Peterborough), a Board member of Opportunity Peterborough (the Peterborough Urban Regeneration Company), Chair of the RTPI’s Regeneration Network Steering Group, a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, and a Local Improvement Adviser (LIA) under the Government’s National Improvement and Efficiency Strategy.  He is also Course Director of the Regeneration Masterclass, which has run since 2006.
    Angus made his name as Chief Executive of Castle Vale Housing Action Trust, nationally and internationally recognised as a model of successful urban regeneration thanks to its transformation of the largest and most notorious postwar housing estate in Birmingham between 1993 and 2005.  Angus has also been Visiting Professor of Regeneration at the University of Central England, Independent Chair of the Birmingham/Sandwell Market Renewal Area (Urban Living), and a board member of Advantage West Midlands Regional Centre of Excellence (RegenWM).  He holds an MA in Environmental Planning, and a BA in Economics and Economic History.
    Angus Kennedy’s achievements are respected across political divides and he has been an Independent Advisor to the Labour Government’s Social Exclusion Unit and the Conservatives’ Cities Task Force led by Lord Heseltine.  He has been a Judge on the Regeneration & Renewal Awards in 2008 and 2007. He was awarded the OBE in 2004 for Services to Social Housing in Birmingham, and awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Birmingham University in 2005 for his work in the regeneration of Castle Vale and his wider contribution to the City of Birmingham and the West Midlands.

    Executive Director until 2015: Donald McIntosh

    Donald McIntosh has been an Executive Director of CRP since 2005.  During that time he has also been Vice Chairman of Birmingham & Black Country Strategic Health Authority.�
    At the internationally acclaimed Castle Vale Housing Action Trust, Donald was Director of Economic & Community Development, responsible for 20 staff and annual budget in excess of £2 million.  Prior to this he spent 15 years in economic and employment programmes and projects in both the public and private sector, including overseeing assistance to small businesses for Birmingham City Council and contributing to several key regeneration areas.
    Donald has a track record of levering resources from a variety of funders including European schemes, developing economic and community programmes and forging partnerships with key stakeholders.

    Executive Director until 2015: John Downie

    John joined CRP in April 2005 after a distinguished career in Local Government with Birmingham City Council.  He is Chairman of Home Zone Housing Association in Lichfield, and Lecturer at the Centre of Urban and Regional Studies (CURS) at Birmingham University. He has a BSc (Hons) in Environmental Health and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Officers.
    John has a track record of delivering complex housing and regeneration solutions to communities in crisis, such as in Handsworth in 1985 after disturbances there.  For Birmingham City Council he worked as Head of Private Sector Renewal and Regeneration and subsequently Assistant Director for Housing Strategy, handling annual capital budgets in excess of £20 million and taking lead responsibility for multiple regeneration programmes.  He also led the National Initiative that resulted in the requirement for gas safety checks in rented accommodation, and developed the programme which resulted in the ambitious Birmingham/Sandwell regeneration partnerships.


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