The Liveable Exeter Place Board

Liveable Exeter will deliver 12,000 new homes in new urban communities on existing brownfield sites. It will address major challenges of infrastructure and renewal, low carbon development as well as drawing together the core threads of the Exeter’s vision for 2040 which includes Exeter as a prosperous, sustainable, community-led and active city. Liveable Exeter is a programme of transformational change that will deliver major benefits to the citizens of the city, the region and the environment.

The work of Liveable Exeter involves taking a holistic approach to place-making in the city; building on the best of what the city already has to offer and creating a city ready for the future.

To help support such an ambitious programme, the Liveable Exeter Place Board has been established to bring together major organisations in the city as well as private and voluntary sector figures.

The Liveable Exeter Place Board is not a decision making body. It offers the opportunity to collaboratively and proactively plan for the city’s future, with the aim of delivering on the city’s 2040 vision and making Exeter an exceptional place to live, work, study or visit.

The Place Board is Chaired by Sir Steve Smith, former Vice Chancellor of Exeter University who said:

“The Liveable Exeter Place Board is a most inspiring group to Chair. There is a sense of a single purpose between members to drive towards a common goal which seeks not only sustainable long term growth for Exeter and the surrounding region, but to do so with people and place at the heart of plans and continue to build a resilient city which is ready for the future.”

The Board is attended by the following members:

Chair of the Board

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Sir Steve Smith

UK Government International Education Champion

Liveable Exeter Place Board

The Liveable Exeter Place Board is a high level vehicle for the constituent local authorities (Exeter City Council and Devon County Council) and partners to address collaboratively, issues relating to place-making and housing delivery. This joined up approach will support city-wide collaboration. 

The Board is the principal vehicle through which the city of Exeter will ensure that the desired transformational housing agenda known as Liveable Exeter is achieved.

The Board provides a cross discipline senior strategic board for the city that acts as a central lobby and strategic group for culture and climate change.

Fiona Carden

CEO, CoLab

Alison Hernandez

Police and Crime Commissioner, Devon and Cornwall Police

Richard Marsh

CEO, Exeter Chamber

Kalkidan Legesse

Social entrepreneur & Managing Director at Sancho’s

Lord Charles Courtenay

Earl of Devon

John Laramy

Principal & Chief Executive, Exeter College

Paul Crawford

Chief Executive Officer, LiveWest

Cllr Phil Bialyk

Leader, Exeter City Council

Cllr John Hart

Leader, Devon County Council

Ciara Eastall

Professor of Practice, University of Exeter Business School

Lee Elliot-Major

Professor of Social Mobility, University of Exeter

Steve Hindley

Chairman, Focus Training

Tony Rowe

Chief Executive & Chairman, Exeter Rugby Club

Sarah Crown

Director of Literature, Arts Council England

Dinah Cox

Chair of Trustees, Devon Community Foundation

Glenn Woodcock

Founder, Exeter City Futures

Clodagh Murphy

Exeter Chamber of Commerce

Julian Tagg

Chairman, City Community Trust

Bindu Arjoon

Chief Executive, Exeter City Council

Mark Hopwood

Managing Director, GWR

Very Reverend Jonathan Greener

Dean, Exeter Cathedral

The Right Honourable Simon Jupp

MP for East Devon (Conservative)

The Right Honourable Ben Bradshaw

MP for Exeter (Labour)

Ian Cameron

Business Group Director, The Met Office