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Ian Pollitt, Assistant Project Director - Liverpool Waters

Posted by Liverpool and Sefton Chambers of Commerce

Thu 29th, Nov

What does a typical working day look like?

My day starts at around 6.30am with a good breakfast, before I drive to work from Southport. My office is located within Princes Dock at Liverpool Waters and I usually arrive around 8.30am after calling into some of the live projects on the way to work.

For me, every day at work is different, which is one of the things that I enjoy most about my role. I could have a day full of meetings with developers, councillors and local authority representatives, or I could be meeting with The City of Liverpool College to discuss our recent partnership which supports skills in our region, through the Liverpool Waters project.

Another example is supporting the management of the Liverpool Waters project, from chairing our ‘collective meetings’, which bring together developers and a number of other organisations such as Historic England, Liverpool City Council, Environment Agency and Natural England who are involved in the project. To meeting with our internal and external marketing teams to discuss our strategy for communicating the Liverpool Waters project.

Community is incredibly important for me as an individual and for Liverpool Waters. A significant part of my role involves spending time engaging with local communities in North Liverpool and working on neighbouring projects like Ten Streets.

I am a Patron of The Liverpool Biennial and have been a Governor of the City of Liverpool College for over five years. I am engaged in several local projects that range from finding new ways to grow seaweed, farming fish, the water sports centre at Collingwood Dock, Friends of Allenby canoeing club, the Heritage Trail, Creamfields Steel Yard, and the lighting project for heritage assets within Liverpool Waters, whilst also working very closely with Everton in the Community.

Where would we find you on your day off?

As an Everton fan, I can often be found at Goodison Park on a match day, or at The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall watching all types of live music.

I live near the Sea in Southport and enjoy nothing more than a good long walk along the beach with my wife, family and friends.

Who or what inspires you?

Without doubt it must be my parents. They were both incredibly hardworking, honest people, who put family before everything, this is something I am trying to pass onto my children.

Why choose Liverpool City Region?

I was born and bred in The Liverpool City Region and have worked around the country in other cities and have travelled the world with my job, but I always knew that I would come back to Liverpool to settle and have a family.

Over the last 10 years, the city region has changed beyond recognition. I am proud of the fact that it is famous around the world – whether it’s for our music, football, or fantastic architecture.

From a developer’s point of view, it’s a brilliant place with great connectivity to the capital. We have two great airports within an hour’s drive and a very successful operational port. This in addition to the fact that labour costs and the housing market are more affordable, makes coming to the region a good choice.

In relation to North Liverpool, there is still more change to come. The projects that we are working on now through Liverpool Waters will benefit North Liverpool, which is one of the most deprived areas in the country, not just the region. It is an area that has been promised a lot over the years, without much being delivered, but with the various projects either delivered over the past five years or coming up, it is set to become an exciting place to be. With Harcourt’s regeneration of Stanley Dock, Ten Streets, road improvement works, Project Jennifer and Liverpool Waters which includes Everton’s proposed exciting plans to build a new football stadium within Bramley Moore Dock, the future looks bright for North Liverpool.

 

Ian was the winner of one of the Local Hero Awards (sponsored by Proton Partners International) at our recent Annaul Dinner and Awards 2018.

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