The Thames Estuary Growth Board has recruited its first international Board member: globally-renowned land use and development expert, Carla Guerrera.
Carla, who has over 20 years’ experience of leading over $1bn in complex real estate projects, will use her expertise to help create and implement a regeneration strategy for local authorities to work together successfully.
Backed as the biggest growth opportunity in the UK, the Thames Estuary has the potential to add £115bn to the national economy and create 1.5million jobs.
Thames Estuary Envoy, Kate Willard comments: “We now have a fully formed an outstanding private/public Growth Board who each bring an unrivalled level of expertise in their area.
“As our first international Board Member, Carla’s experience and knowledge will be a huge asset and bring a different perspective. Having led globally award-winning waterfront revitalization initiatives, Carla has seen first-hand how regeneration can be a major economic catalyst for recovery and growth; unlock significant increases in local economies; and create millions of jobs.
“With 20 years’ experience under her belt giving her a real understanding on the practical realities of development, Carla will be key in helping the Thames Estuary achieve great things post-Brexit and post-Covid.”
Carla has led globally award-winning projects, such as the West Don Lands Waterfront Revitalization – one of three priority projects of Waterfront Toronto, an organization set up in partnership by the three levels of government in Canada to oversee the revitalization of 2,000 acres of former brownfield lands on the waterfront in Toronto.
Carla Guerrera, comments: “Cities around the world are in an unparalleled time of crisis due to climate change, income disparity, housing affordability, and now new economic lows resulting from the pandemic. The Thames Estuary Growth Board is well-placed and well-equipped to fulfil regeneration initiatives that not only help resolve these crises in the region, but also create new opportunities for generations to come.”
The Thames Estuary has received significant investment by the UK government of £1.5 billion.