Economic Development & Infrastructure specialist joins the Berwick Partners team

Published: 25 March 2015

Marek Dobrowolski has recently joined Berwick Partners as a Principal Consultant.

He will lead our work nationally across regeneration, infrastructure and economic development, working with both public and private sector organisations and their associated delivery vehicles.

Marek joins Berwick Partners from Marketing Birmingham where he spent four years as the Head of Major Projects for the City’s inward investment and economic development agency. In something of a rare move, he made the transition from head hunter to practitioner. During his time there he secured and delivered some of the largest inward investment projects the city was involved in and worked on enterprise and economic zone programmes and the region’s city deal.

It marks, for Marek, a return to Executive Search. He will be known to many having previously spent ten years handling senior appointments within the regeneration and economic development sector.

Jonathan Clark, Managing Partner of Berwick Partners’ Public & Not for Profit Practice, said “I am delighted that Marek has chosen to join Berwick Partners; not only is he an experienced head hunter, but for the last four years he has gained first-hand experience of economic development, inward investment, enabling infrastructure and major regeneration in the context of a core city and the growing Midlands economy at Marketing Birmingham. That understanding of what is required to catalyse growth and secure sustainable economic activity within a complex Political and partnership environment, together with the access and reach to networks and partners across the sectors, will prove invaluable.”

Marek has already begun to work with a number of clients and is currently leading our work with Cheshire East on the appointment of a new Director of Planning and Sustainable Development.

He has also commenced a piece of research and is currently canvassing views and opinions on the current economic development and place making landscape and what the next five years hold for the sector.  Taking in issues such as the structures, policies, funding streams, access to finance and strategies to attract the investment needed to assist locations in realising their potential. It will also consider the roles the private and public sector play in the next five years.

He is currently meeting with a range of people working within local and central government, delivery vehicles, LEP’s, investment organisations, and private sector firms within the development, construction and finance sectors across the UK.

If you are interested in contributing to the research, and also being involved in a number of roundtables being held in May and June following its publication, please do contact Marek Dobrowolski directly.

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