Co-founder of What If… with over 30 years of senior management experience in local government.
Originally with a planning background, Kevin had spells at various councils including Hartlepool, Durham and latterly Middlesbrough where he spent c 17 years  mainly as Executive Director for Place, leading on Middlesbrough’s economic regeneration.
Middlesbrough was identified by the Financial Times as one of the top 10 small cities for economic growth in Europe, 2018.

Since joining the Whatifgroup Kevin has been engaged in:

  • Developing the visions and funding strategies for the
    Middlesbrough Historic Quarter and the Gateshead Old
    Town Hall;
  • Fund raising for GB Bank and other projects;
  • The development of a new housing association for the Church
    of England;
  • Strategic site development opportunities;
  • Identification of opportunities for STACK and applications for funding;
  • Development of the town centre strategy for Wallsend;
  • Funding applications;
  • Development of funding application for a community centre;
  • Professional witness opposing a waste incinerator planning application.

Considerable experience at Board level, including Derwentside Homes, Leisureworks; Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art; and Teesside’s Digital City.
Responsible for an extensive corporate portfolio including; Environment; Transport; Regeneration; Planning; Transport; Public Health; Communities; Community Safety; Licensing; Culture; Leisure; Estates. 

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Notable achievements/projects

Tees Advanced Manufacturing Park

Building Schools for the Future –£100m+ programme

500% increase in housebuilding in Middlesbrough

Centre Square Grade A Office Development and art gallery

Major events: BBC Big Weekend; Tour de Yorkshire

Clearance of 3000 houses as part of housing market renewal

Delivering a joint Public Health Services for South Tees

Middlehaven – largest development scheme in the NDE

Helped establish: MHomes/Middlesbrough Development Company; and, the Tees Valley Combined Authority