Councillor Jamie Macrae B.A.(Hons) Dip.Arch, R.I.B.A – Chairman

 Jamie Macrae, has been an Elected member since 2001, at Macclesfield Borough Council and for Cheshire East Council since 2009. 

Formerly Cabinet member and Portfolio Holder for Economic Development & Regeneration, Strategic Transport & Infrastructure, Planning and Housing, he was appointed Chairman of Engine of the North in May 2015.

A Chartered Architect with over 30 years’ experience in the UK construction and development sector delivering major construction & infrastructure projects across the UK, with responsibilities for Design and Construction Management for a major construction company he has developed a wide range of professional skills. 

Contact Details

Email: jamie.macrae@engineofthenorth.co.uk

Tel: 01270 686556

Councillor David Newton – Director

 David began life in Warwickshire, and completed his National Service serving in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps serving in Korea and Japan. 

After National Service David qualified as a Teacher, before acquiring a degree in Economics & Sociology at London University, followed by an MA awarded by Keele University. 

During his time in the academic world David has written several papers and joint-edited publications.

Having served as a Councillor at Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council for 3 years, David was elected to Cheshire County Council in 1984 until its dissolution in 2009 where he was Chairman on numerous Committees.  In 1998 became the Chairman of the County Council a post which he held for 3 years.  David was elected to Cheshire East council and is the Leader of the Labour Group; he has been a Director of Engine of the North since its formation in May 2013.

 Contact Details

Email: david.newton@engineofthenorth.co.uk

Tel: 01270 686556

Councillor Ellie Brooks – Director

Ellie joined the Board of Engine of the North as a Director in 2016 and is a former Director of Cheshire East's Skills and Growth Company.

Ellie is a Councillor for the Wilmslow West and Chorley Ward in Cheshire East.

Contact Details

Email: ellie.brooks@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Tel: 01270 686556

Phil Riding BSc, MSc – Development Manager

 Phil is an experienced Programme Manager with a track record of leading complex projects and programmes within local authorities and public-private partnerships.

Previous responsibilities have included the delivery of major regeneration schemes, the management of grant funding packages, overseeing capital projects and directing large scale public events.

Contact Details

Email: philip.riding@engineofthenorth.co.uk           

T. 01270 685908

Mark Thompson BSc (Hons), MRICS

Mark is a Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years’ experience in the Property & Development Sector.

He has vast experience in the identification, appraisal and delivering of mixed use and residential schemes both high-rise and domestic scale.

Mark worked for a national housebuilder for 10 years, latterly as Land Director, before setting up his own development consultancy business.

He is used to managing multidisciplinary teams and delivery sites with complex legal, technical and planning challenges.

 Contact Details

Email: mark.thompson@engineofthenorth.co.uk

T. 01270 685708

Peter Disley BSc (Hons), MRICS

Peter is a Chartered Surveyor and is multi-skilled, he is a planning/development/regeneration specialist with over 15 year’s commercial experience within both public/private sectors. 

Peter’s experience includes market review/analysis, assessment & understanding of capacity, site identification & acquisition, planning & development strategy and business planning, planning briefs, site promotion and delivery mechanisms, viability analysis, financial modelling, project delivery, business planning & funding.

Contact Details

Email: peter.disley@engineofthenorth.co.uk

T. 01270 686634

Geoffrey Dyson BSc (Hons) MRICS

 Geoffrey is a Chartered Surveyor with a BSc(Hons) in Urban Land Economics and 30 years property experience gained in the UK and Canada.

In the UK, experience lies mainly in the field of retail acquisitions, disposals and development, client-side with Sainsbury’s and the Co-operative and as a developer / consultant.  In Canada, he worked in general real estate practice and as a senior analyst with the property arm of the Provincial Government of British Columbia.  Geoffrey has a long track record of successfully delivering difficult and complex disposal and development projects.

 Contact Details

Email: geoffrey.dyson@engineofthenorth.co.uk

T. 01270 685709

Dave Dixon (MAAT)

Dave is an Accountant with other 30 years working in Local Government.

Predominantly working in the finance sector Dave also has experience in the Planning support area covering Plans processing, GIS, LLPG & Local Land Charges.

Contact Details

Email: dave.dixon@engineofthenorth.co.uk

T. 01270 686269

Carwyn Evans  

Carwyn joined Engine of the North in September 2016 as a graduate surveyor. Carwyn focuses on working with the development team to drive forward Cheshire East Council's strategic and rural exception sites. 

A graduate in Urban Estate Management, he is also working towards his APC to become a chartered surveyor.

Contact Details

Email:  carwyn.evans@engineofthenorth.co.uk

T. 01270 686130