Deborah is the Chief Executive of Manchester Place, an alliance between Manchester City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) formed to accelerate the pace and quality of housing development in the city.
Manchester Place’s role is to create a pipeline of build ready sites and work with developers and funders to identify new opportunities to help the city meet its target of creating 55,000 new homes by 2027.
It will support developers and house builders to access public finance, including the £300m Greater Manchester Housing Fund which is available as part of the Manchester devolution agreement.
Deborah has been seconded to lead the partnership from her role as Executive Director North West with the HCA where she led the North West team to deliver the Government’s priorities for housing growth across the region. In 2014 more than half the 10,030 new homes built in the region received some form of HCA funding which enabled them to be delivered.
Deborah’s team was responsible for many successful investment schemes, including the rebirth of Ancoats in Manchester, the Preston and Lancashire City Deal, the rapid expansion of the Omega site near Warrington.
It supported the redevelopment of Kings Dock in Liverpool and Wirral Waters and the restoration of the Lancaster Moor heritage site into residential.
Before joining the HCA in 2008 Deborah was Director of Housing with Manchester City Council
She is a member of Greater Manchester Chief Executives Investment Group and Housing Investment Board.
Externally she is a member of Pro Manchester: property and regeneration steering group
Follow her on Twitter @DMc_McrPlace and @MCRplace