Cityco has appointed Urbis boss Vaughan Allen as chief executive of the Manchester city centre management company.
Vaughan, currently chief executive of Urbis, started his career as a freelance journalist and after completing an MA in International Politics joined a foreign policy think tank and then worked for the Royal Armouries before taking up the post as chief executive of Urbis in 2005.
Rowena Burns, Cityco’s Chair said: “Vaughan has done a fantastic job repositioning Urbis and it’s great to have someone who shares our passion for the city as part of the team. In a competitive marketplace and within a challenging economic climate we need someone at the helm who is really delivery-focused, and can make a difference to the look and feel of the city centre, getting the basics right, and championing all that Manchester has to offer. Vaughan understands our vision, and his energy and drive will be a huge asset as we take the City to the next level. Together with our private and public sector partners we are creating a world-class environment where increasing numbers of companies choose to do business.”
Vaughan Allen commented: “I’m really excited about the new role and I’m very committed to making a positive difference to Manchester. Cityco represents the full range of stakeholders who do business in this great city, and has a crucial role in delivering its strategy. We are a leading European city, and one of the premier retail and commercial centres in the UK. Manchester is an incredible place and I’m really looking forward to working in partnership with both public and private sector bodies to create new opportunities that will continue the momentum of change which will allow our businesses to prosper.”
“I have thoroughly enjoyed the past four years at Urbis, and am grateful for the enthusiasm and hard-work shown by my staff over that period. I am leaving at an incredibly exciting time, with the prospect of the National Football Museum coming to the building over the next two years. I leave a team ready and able to make the NFM one of the leading attractions in the city; full of energy, excitement and life. I wish them every success in their work.”
Vaughan will replace Kate Harrison who is completing a six month interim role.
Vaughan, who is originally from Sheffield, is married with one young child and is based in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.