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Regeneration chief to stand down next year

The chairman of Londonderry’s urban regeneration company Ilex is to stand down ahead of the UK City of Culture year.

Sir Roy McNulty has announced his intention to resign in early 2012.

Along with Ilex chief executive Aideen McGinley, Sir Roy has been at the helm of Derry’s drive to land the inaugural UK City of Culture title for Derry in 2013.

They have also delivered the city’s Peace Bridge, the telehouse for the £27m transatlantic fibre optic Project Kelvin and are currently engaged in the regeneration of the former Army bases at Ebrington and Fort George.

Speaking about his decision, Sir Roy said: “It has been a privilege and a pleasure for me to serve as chair of Ilex since 2007, but I will be 75 next year and the time has come when I need to reduce my workload.

“I have appreciated the help and support which I have received from many people and organisations during the past four years.

“The regeneration effort has begun to make real progress in that time and the city has major opportunities for the future.”

He added: “I have no doubt that a new chair can provide the sustained focus on implementation which will be required for lasting success.”

Sinn Fein Junior Minister and Foyle MLA Martina Anderson was among those who paid tribute to Sir Roy. Ms Anderson said: “I wish Roy all the best for the future. Although Ilex was in existence for a number of years before

Roy was appointed it was only after he took up the post that things began to happen.

“We now have a blueprint for future development at Ebrington and Fort George as well as the Peace Bridge connecting the east and west banks of our city.

“Roy will be leaving his post in the hands of a good team and leaving them well grounded in the knowledge of what has to be done in order to make Derry and the North West region the thriving hub of commercial, tourism and educational activity that it is capable of being.”

Ilex was set up in 2003 by the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister and the Department for Social Development to develop the economic, physical and social regeneration of the Derry City Council area.

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