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Our board is responsible for ensuring that the Corporation:

  • Performs its functions effectively and efficiently
  • Fulfils the overall aims, objectives and priorities set out in its corporate plan (not yet published)
  • Complies with all statutory or administrative requirements relating to the use of public funds.

Our Chief Executive is also a board member.

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Meet the Board

Michael was the chairman of the City of London Property Investment Board and has extensive experience in a range of roles across the business and industry sectors. Since he was first appointed as the chairman designate in 2014 he has been actively engaging with local partners and the major landowners to develop a shared understanding of the work required to drive forward development.
David is a chartered management accountant with 20 years’ experience as a board-level finance director in the private sector. He left Land Securities in 2014 after 11 years in senior finance roles, including finance director for the retail division and group director of finance. Before that, he held senior finance roles with Coats Plc (including group chief auditor) and Unilever. He is a board member and senior independent director at both the Tavistock and Portman NHS FT and Whittington Health, where he also chairs both audit committees.
Mark was elected to Kent County Council in 1997 having previously been a Swale Borough Councillor. He was initially trained as a hydrographic surveyor and had a very successful career in sales and marketing specifically on motivational training. He remains a businessman within the building industry. Mark joined Kent County Council’s Cabinet in 2007 with an education brief (Operations, Resources and Skills) during which time he oversaw the billion pound capital programme Building Schools for the Future. Mark has since chaired the Sport Olympic and Paralympics Group and the Regeneration and Economic Development Scrutiny Committee before taking his current cabinet member role (Economic Development) in 2012. He believes that business should drive elements of the school curriculum to get the best match for all and he is vehemently of the view that Kent remains open for business. Mark represents Whitstable and his hobbies include clay shooting, sailing and golf.
John is leader of Gravesham Borough Council, where he held the position of cabinet member in an earlier administration. He is a former deputy cabinet member of Kent County Council and also a former member of the Kent Police Authority where he was the lead member responsible for the formation and work of the Serious Crime Directorate. John is currently a trustee for two charitable housing trusts based in Gravesend. During a long career he gathered a wide range of experience as an engineer, financial advisor/ IFA and college vice-principal.
Louise is a civil engineer. She is a former director of Laing O’Rourke, where her role focused on the delivery of infrastructure for the Olympic Park. As a senior project manager at Bechtel Ltd, her projects included a £150 million portfolio of station refurbishments for Tube Lines, delivering a section of the Transylvanian Motorway, and delivering significant elements of HS1 at Ebbsfleet. Louise is currently a non executive director with the Ministry of Defence as well as with Sirius Minerals.
Jeremy Kite has been Leader of Dartford Borough Council since 2006 and a member of Kent County Council since June 2009, where he is a deputy cabinet member. Jeremy is a director of Dartford Football Club and the Leigh Academies Trust. He has a particular interest in community-friendly architecture and has worked with designer Wayne Hemingway on a housing development at The Bridge, architect Ken Shuttleworth on the creation of the Dartford Dojo and his council was responsible for commissioning the ecological award winning football stadium at Princes Park. He was awarded an MBE in 2013.
Bob is currently a board member of Dover Harbour Board and the Homes and Communities Agency. He is also a trustee of Brooke Weston Partnership (managing 10 academy schools). He was previously chairman of London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, and chief executive of Catalyst Corby, North Northants Development Company and Speke Garston Development Company in Liverpool.
David is a chartered town planner, is currently strategic planning advisor to David Lock Associates Ltd, a town planning and urban design consultancy firm he founded in 1988 and of which he was chair until 2013 and managing director until 2007. Previously he served as chief planning adviser to the Department of the Environment whilst an Associate Director of consultancy Conran Roche, and before that was planning manager for Milton Keynes New Town Development Corporation and started Planning Aid. He is a vice president, former trustee and a past chair of the Town and Country Planning Association.

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