Merton welcomes new environment director

Merton Council has appointed its new Director of Environment and Regeneration. Chris Lee, currently Executive Director of Housing, Regeneration and Environment at Lambeth Council will be joining Merton this summer.

Merton is all set to benefit from Chris’s extensive experience in local government. During his time at Lambeth he was responsible for regeneration, economic development, spatial planning, housing, asset management, waste and public realm management.

Chris has successfully overseen a number of major public private partnership regeneration schemes including Clapham Park New Deal for Communities, the £100 million Myatts Field North estate redevelopment and the £80 million Clapham One development. These schemes involve delivering hundreds of new homes, health facilities, libraries, commercial and retail opportunities and leisure centres.

Before becoming Executive Director of Housing, Regeneration and Environment Chris was Assistant Chief Executive at Lambeth where he handled community safety and cohesion issues.

Chris takes over the reins at Merton from the current interim director of environment and regeneration, Sarah Tanburn.

Leader of Merton Council, Councillor David Williams said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Chris to Merton. We have many exciting plans for our town centres and how Merton is to move forward with addressing environmental issues. Chris has enjoyed great success in his local government career and his invaluable experience will make him a great asset to the borough and the best person to progress our regeneration and environmental programmes.’

Chris Lee said: “I can’t wait to get stuck into work at Merton. I am passionate about environmental issues and about enhancing the borough’s economy in these difficult times. It’s only through sound investment and careful planning that we can ensure Merton provides residents with the best opportunities for an enhanced quality of life and economic prosperity along with well-maintained open spaces and excellent services. I know I have big shoes to fill but I’m ready for the challenge.”