Planning consultancy Turley has announced Sir Michael Bear as the company’s new chair as well as the chief executive’s decision to step down.
Bear will replace Dr Nick Isbister, who has been the chair for three years.
He brings with him experience in the property and construction, including time as the executive and non-executive positions at Hammerson and Arup. Bear was CEO of the Spitalfields Development Group and set up the Regeneration Investment Organisation at UK Trade and Investment.
He was knighted in 2012 for services to regeneration, charity and the City of London, where he served as Lord Mayor.
Chief executive Rob Lucas has decided to step down after 31 years with the company.
Lucas said: “Turley is one of my life’s works. I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the company and its people grow into a leading UK planning and design consultancy. Such work is never finished and I am very pleased to welcome Sir Michael Bear to work alongside Dave Trimingham and with all our co-owners as we move into a new phase of development.”
Dave Trimingham will continue to lead Turley’s day-to-day operation as managing director.
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