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Old Oak chief steps down

victoria hills

Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) chief executive Victoria Hills is leaving the organisation to join the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

Hills has been with the organisation since June 2015, joining shortly after its launch the previous April.

OPDC chair Liz Peace said Hills had been a key figure in setting up the OPDC and leading it through its challenging early years, and had played a “clear role in enhancing the impact and profile of the Old Oak and Park Royal Opportunity Area”.

“I am extremely grateful for all that Victoria has done to date and whilst we will all be sad to see her move on, I believe that she has left the ground well prepared for taking forward this exciting regeneration project,” said Peace. “On behalf of the Board I would like to wish her all the very best for a successful future with the RTPI.”

The Old Oak and Park Royal site is one of the UKs largest development sites with the promise of 25,000 new homes being built there. It will also be one of the most connected areas in the country with 13 rail lines converging there including High Speed 2 and Crossrail.

Hills said: “It has been my great privilege to have had the opportunity to establish a new Mayoral Development Corporation and to lead an enthusiastic and skilled team with whom I have been able to create a vision and framework for delivering this enormously complex project.

“I shall be watching the development of Old Oak and Park Royal with interest and huge affection and I wish the team and my successor well in their future endeavours.”

Hills will leave the organisation in April. An interim appointment is expected to be confirmed in due course along with the timetable for recruiting a permanent successor.

The Royal Town Planning Institute is the UK’s leading planning body for spatial, sustainable and inclusive planning and is the largest planning institute in Europe with over 24,000 members. Hills is a qualified town planner.

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