23 March 2015
Marc Davies, Head of Geo-Environment and Waste Resources at WYG, has been selected to chair the new Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) Northern Region Group.
The Group, which officially launched on 17th March, has been established to give regional consultancy and engineering businesses a voice, including in the planning and development of major infrastructure projects, such as roads and high speed rail.
The launch event, hosted by Pinsent Masons in Leeds, saw the group meet for the first time to set out its vision and objectives. Tom Riordon, Chief Executive of Leeds City Council also presented to the group.
In his role as Chair, Marc will oversee the Group’s development as it works to drive the collective improvement of areas such as housing, education, employment, and infrastructure across the region. A parallel priority of the group will be to support the education and career development of graduates and yound engineers in the sector.
“The concept of the Northern Powerhouse could play a vital role in the infrastructural and economic future for the North of England,” said Marc Davies. “However, in order for this vision to become a reality, we need economic devolution to happen and businesses across the region to work with each other properly and fully, which will be my key focus as chair.”
Earlier this year, the chancellor set out the government’s ambitions for rebalancing the national economy, to ensure that ‘the economic future of the north is as bright, if not brighter, than other parts of the UK.’
According to government figures, closing the economic gap between north and south would bring more than £18bn to the region by 2030.