Executive group of Newport Economic Network meets

Posted on Thursday 25th June 2015


Plans to drive forward the revitalisation and transformation of Newport's economy took another step forward this week with the first meeting of the Newport Economic Network executive group taking place on Wednesday 24 June.

The group has been established to ensure partners across the city work together to improve the outcomes for all our communities. Newport stands on the brink of an exciting new era and co-ordination of resources has never been more important.

Particular focus will be upon bringing further investment to Newport and also ensuring the recommendations of the ReNewport taskforce are delivered.

The Executive group is made up of:

  • Councillor Bob Bright, leader of Newport City Council
  • Councillor John Richards, cabinet member for regeneration, investment and housing
  • Julie Lydon, vice chancellor of the University of South Wales
  • Ian Edwards, chief executive, Celtic Manor Resort
  • Amanda Davies, chief executive, Seren Group
  • Neil Ward, chief executive, FAW Trust
  • Simon Powell, chief executive, Core Place Capital
  • Roger Hiscott, local entrepreneur
  • Karen Thomas, Airbus
  • Karyn Keane, headteacher, Newport High School

An invitation to participate has also been made to Welsh Government as they are key partners in the development of the city. We are hoping they will accept this invitation.

The Network will operate as a broad partnership involving key city stakeholders from the private, public and voluntary sectors as well as local forums  representing a range of interests including the creative and ICT sectors, retail, culture, media, sport, tourism and business groups.


Councillor Bob Bright said: "It is no secret that Newport is an ambitious city and the regeneration of our city centre will become a reality later this year. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. We want to work with our partners to secure the best possible opportunities for all our communities. We want to help make Newport a confident, modern city, working to maximise the benefit of the economy of Wales.

"I am looking forward to the first meeting of the executive group and sharing plans for how we can work together to secure the best possible future for our city."

Newport is a "City on the Rise" and this partnership will help to deliver this ambition.

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