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Norwich General Development Plans 2014

Thursday, 18th September 2014 @ 1530hrs - 1900hrs

Assembly Rooms, Norwich, NR2 1RQ

Norwich General Development Plans 2014 | Event


FOUR of Norwich’s Leading Development Figures will be presenting their development/investment plans for the next couple of years!

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Event Format

  • 1530 – 1600; Registration
  • 1600 – 1645; Networking with Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks
  • 1645 – 1815; Speaker Presentations
  • 1815 – 1900; Networking with Hot Food, Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks


Phil Kirby; Chief Executive, Broadland District CouncilPhil Kirby

Phil Kirby began his career with Hertsmere Borough Council (Hertfordshire) as a trainee following an induction programme into local government. After completing the programme he specialised in planning and obtained an honours degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Coventry (Lanchester) Polytechnic. Returning to the Council he worked in an area development control team until moving to Oadby and Wigston Borough Council (Leicestershire) expanding his remit to include local plan work. In 1988, Phil joined Shepway District Council (Kent) just at the time construction work was beginning on the Channel Tunnel, and was heavily involved in the Rank Organisation’s proposals to construct a Holiday Village in Lyminge Forest.

In 1996 he moved to Broadland District Council in Norfolk where he has held a number of Director posts overseeing primarily all the external facing services of the Council. Over the past few years he has been heavily involved in planning for the growth of the greater Norwich area, including the eco-community at Rackheath, and oversaw the production of the Broadland, Norwich and South Norfolk Joint Core Strategy, one of the first multi-council spatial plans in the country. In October 2011 Phil took on his next challenge as the Council’s Chief Executive, where he leads a team of some 280 staff and is responsible for an annual budget of around £12m a year. He is now steering the Council through the period of austerity, demonstrating that  by working collaboratively it is still possible to provide cost effective services in a responsive way. He is maintaining a focus on delivering the planned growth in Broadland, conscious of the district’s accolade as being the most peaceful local authority area in the UK. Phil is also the district council representative on the Norfolk Resilience Forum a multi-agency body preparing the county for times of emergency, which he currently chairs.

In 2008/9 Phil was President of the Planning Officers Society and is currently a Director of POS Enterprises, the trading arm of the Society. He is also a Director of Broadland Growth Limited, a joint venture company set up by the Council to build new homes in the district.

Neil Murphy; Director of Policy, Planning & Economics, Beyond GreenNeil Murphy



David Eardley; Managing Director, Barratt Homes – Eastern Countiesdavid-eardley-mciob

David Eardley is the Managing Director of the Eastern Counties division of Barratt Developments PLC, currently the UK’s largest house builder by volume building over 12,000 new homes in 2013.

David joined Barratt Developments PLC in 2006 as a Commercial & Technical Director, and was appointed to Managing Director of Eastern Counties in 2012.

He has more than 25 years’ experience in the industry where his Commercial career started at Fairclough Homes in 1991. He worked as Commercial Director for 5 years before joining St James Homes in 1996 as Commercial Director. He stayed there for 6 years before moving onto Bovis Retirement in 2002 then going back to St James Homes for a year as Commercial and Technical Director. Following on from this he joined Ballymore in 2005 before starting with Barratt developments in 2006.

Since his role as Managing Director, the Eastern Counties division has contributed over 1,200 new homes within the geographical areas which covers it covers in Essex, Cambridge, Suffolk and Norfolk.

David is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Building.

Roger Bond; Director of Estates, University of East AngliaRoger Bond

A Chartered Surveyor by profession.  Have worked in property for 30 years and in Higher Education for 14 years.   I am proud to be the Director of Estates and Buildings at the University of East Anglia.

I was previously Estates Director at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and Assistant Director of Facilities at the University of Hertfordshire.

I am involved in the higher Education Funding Council for England Working Group that has produced the “Sustainability in HEI’s” policy document and am passionate about developing high performing assets for the sector.

I have been the recent past Chair of the East Midlands Region of Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) and a member of The AUDE Executive and am currently Chair of the AUDE Sustainability Advisory Group, responsible for developing BREEAM HE.

I was also involved, as a steering group member, in producing the publication of the AUDE research paper “The Legacy of 1960’s University Buildings: A guide to assist in making the replace or refurbish decision”.

At present, I am Chair of the Norfolk Branch of Constructing Excellence and an AUDE representative on the RICS Faculty Groups for Management and Public Sector – I contributed to the “RICS Public Sector Asset Management Guidelines: A guide to best practice” publication.

I am a Town Councillor in my home town of Attleborough.

I am married with two boys, both of whom have recently passed through the Higher Education system.

I enjoy playing badminton and the saxophone but not at the same time.




Norwich General Development Plans 2014 | Details



Thursday, 18th September 2014
1530hrs - 1900hrs


Assembly Rooms, Norwich
NR2 1RQ + Google Map


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