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Poplar HARCA

Dr Paul Brickell

Paul is the Chair of Poplar Harca, and a Member of UST.

Paul is the Executive Director of Regeneration and Community Partnerships, London Legacy Development Corporation. Paul joined LLDC as the Executive Director of Regeneration and Community Partnerships in October 2011.  LLDC's role is to maximize the legacy for east London and east Londoners by promoting the physical, social, environmental and economic regeneration of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the surrounding area.

He trained as a molecular biologist, set up and led a research group studying embryonic development and leukaemia and was from 1995 to 2002 Professor of Molecular Hematology at the Institute of Child Health at Great Ormond Street Hospital, University College London, where he established a highly successful interdisciplinary childhood cancer research department.

Paul completed a career change in 2002 in order to contribute to the gathering regeneration of his “home town” of east London, first as Director of Regeneration and Chief Executive of the Bromley by Bow Centre and then as Chief Executive of Leaside Regeneration.   He contributed to the early visioning of the Lower Lea Valley and to the delivery of new homes; physical infrastructure such as road, canal and railway crossings and a new station; small business workspace; parks and green spaces; and new facilities for primary health and social care. The strong, practical involvement of people from local communities was central to this work and the programme provided many opportunities for local people to improve their skills, get jobs and develop small businesses.

Bernadette Conroy

Bernadette was previously the Chair of Poplar Harca, and serves as a Trustee for UST.

She was the Global Head of Strategy and Planning at HSBC's Corporate and Investment Bank where she gained significant experience of financial and corporate re-structuring and change management. 

Bernadette now holds a number of non-executive roles.  She is currently Chair of Network Homes and Chair of the Buildings and Estates Committee of Cambridge University.  She has also been a non-executive within the NHS for the last eight years and is currently Vice Chair of Barnet NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, a non executive director of Community Health Partnerships, a Department of Health organisation, and a non-executive director of North London Estates Partnership, a private public partnership that develops and manages property within the healthcare sector.  She is married and has two children.


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