Arcadis names Debbie Francis as city executive for Northern Powerhouse and board representative for Northern Powerhouse Partnership


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Arcadis welcomes Debbie Francis as senior lead for North of England

Arcadis welcomes Debbie Francis as senior lead for North of England

 September 21, 2020

Arcadis has named Debbie Francis as its city executive for the Northern Powerhouse, which incorporates three North West offices, in Manchester, Liverpool and Warrington, and three others in the North of England. 

“I’m really looking forward to working with the Arcadis team, clients and partners and building on these strong foundations to ensure that the benefits and opportunities from a renewed investment in the North can be fully realised right across this dynamic region," said Debbie.

Leading the region

Based in Manchester, Debbie is working with transport providers, local authority leaders and the private sector to help them assimilate with the changing demands of the urban landscape.

As senior lead for the region, Francis also represents Arcadis on the board of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership

Years of industry experience

Debbie was previously Managing Director of Direct Rail Services. She also held non-executive director roles at Cumbria Education Trust, Clatterbridge Cancer Care NHS Trust in Merseyside and currently Lancashire Care Foundation Trust.

She brings more than 20 years’ experience of leadership experience across a range of sectors.

Peter Hogg, UK cities director at Arcadis, added: “Debbie’s expertise and breadth of experience will undoubtedly help Arcadis build on the work we have done to grow our presence in Manchester and the North to date.

“With her strong network and eminence in transportation and regeneration sectors that are at the heart of the region’s plans for the future, she is just the person to ensure that we are well equipped to continuing offering the best solutions for our clients, now and in the future.”


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