Chris Bell, Board Member
"I am a Chartered Civil Engineer, Town Planner and Fellow of ICE. I took up a new post as Strategic Economic Development Director at Northampton County Council’s service delivery partner Northamptonshire Highways (Kier WSP Joint Venture) based in Northampton in January 2017. I have 28 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors, and relocated from Scotland, where I was Development Director in WSP’s Edinburgh Office.
I support a holistic approach towards planning for growth bringing together various stakeholders to deliver social infrastructure projects in a coordinated way to benefit all partners. This approach helps create places which are attractive and interesting for communities to live work and socialise providing benefits for the health and wellbeing of everyone as well as seeking new ways of working to maximise funding opportunities.
Over the years I have developed and implemented projects to improve accessibility, safety and encourage sustainable travel for residents, shoppers, visitors and commuters. I have always tried to create places which are interesting, attractive and safe for people to live, work and move around as well as raising awareness of good street design and place agenda.
I feel that towns are important to encourage people to live, work and socialise through good quality housing and employment opportunities, providing local access to services and facilities and having attractive green spaces which are adequately connected to neighbourhoods."