Exeter City Futures are proud to have been formally adopted as part of Exeter City Council’s transformation plans for the city. This will consolidate our partnership and enables us to work more closely with the city council to tackle problems of urbanisation in ways that reduce social inequality and boost economic growth within the region. Our Head of Innovation Liz O’Driscoll has been seconded into the post of Programme Director for Exeter City Futures and will be working closely with Karime Hassan, Chief Executive and Growth Director at Exeter City Council, to establish a clear delivery plan as well as objectives and deliverables.
Exeter City Futures will remain to be an independent community interest company (CIC) that is controlled by a formal board of directors that ensures that it continues to operate within the rules of a community interest company (CIC), has robust governance and delivers impact on the region. Exeter City Futures are also looking to expand the current board to ensure that it has the best skills and experience to deliver on the needs of Exeter and its citizens.
Cllr Rosie Denham, Exeter City Council’s Portfolio Holder for City Transformation, Energy and Transport, said: “The challenge of getting around our city is the biggest practical challenge we face, in terms of managing growth and making sure the city is a great place to live, work in and visit.
“There are no easy solutions to it. We are playing our part in driving private sector innovation by securing those with the best skills to apply their specialist knowledge to tackling some of the challenges we face together.”
Exeter City Futures aims to understand the challenges presented by Exeter’s plans for growth, and to engage with everyone in the city – including its businesses, organisations, community groups and residents – to ensure that Exeter is a vibrant, sustainable, inclusive and liveable place.
Exeter City Futures is a formal partnership between Global City Futures and Exeter City Council to create sustainable change and realise the city’s vision. The Exeter City Futures team will continue to strive to understand the challenges presented by Exeter’s plans for growth and to engage with everyone in the city – including its businesses, organisations and communities – to ensure that Exeter is a vibrant, sustainable, inclusive and liveable place.
Global City Futures is a consultancy organisation that works with authorities and start-ups to address urban challenges and deliver more sustainable cities. It offers support to help cities assess their city financing options, collate and share city data, boost their innovation ecosystem and optimise their policy, planning and procurement processes.
Glenn Woodcock has been instrumental in founding Exeter City Futures and, taking learnings from Exeter, is looking to expand impact into further cities through Global City Futures. Look out for the new Global City Futures website, coming soon!