Meet the people behind £100m Sunderland revamp

DECISION MAKERS: Back, from left, Simon Eastwood, Coun Mel Speding, Neil McMillan, John Tatham, David Roberts. Front, Sonia Tognarelli, Coun Paul Watson, Janet Johnson, Peter Connolly.
DECISION MAKERS: Back, from left, Simon Eastwood, Coun Mel Speding, Neil McMillan, John Tatham, David Roberts. Front, Sonia Tognarelli, Coun Paul Watson, Janet Johnson, Peter Connolly.
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THESE are the people who will oversee the £100million-plus regeneration work of Sunderland over the next eight years.

The board of Siglion, the joint venture company created between Sunderland City Council, Carillion and Igloo Regeneration, has met for the first time to agree its priorities for the new year.

Siglion will redevelop a number of sites, including the former Vaux site and Seaburn seafront, and manage a large investment portfolio of industrial, retail and office property across the city as part of the long term economic regeneration of Sunderland, protecting and creating jobs and attracting additional investment into the city.

Carillion Developments development director Neil McMillan chairs the new board, which also includes Sunderland City Council leader Coun Paul Watson, cabinet secretary Coun Mel Speding, deputy chief executive Janet Johnson and finance director Sonia Tognarelli.

Carillion is also represented by managing director Simon Eastwood, and Igloo by managing director Peter Connolly.

“With a value of more than £100million in its first eight years, the contract between Siglion and Sunderland City Council is of huge importance to the city and the region,” said Neil McMillan.

“Therefore it is important for us to get the foundations of the project right, and that is what the new board is prioritising. ”

Siglion is operating from temporary accommodation at Sunderland’s Software Centre and will be moving to a permanent base in the city next year.