Colin Sinclair, the director of workspace development and former director of property marketing at Bruntwood, is to join the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter.

He’ll take up the newly created role of executive director, in May.

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Points North: Colin Sinclair, Director of Workspace Development, Bruntwood

The Knowledge Quarter is an area of the city, which runs from Lime Street to the University of Liverpool, and is a strategic priority for the local council. It helps generate £1bn annually and supports 14k jobs. Key sites within the zone are the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, MerseyBio, Liverpool Science Park and the hospital.

Sinclair, who’s spent the last 6 years at Bruntwood, was previously the chief executive of inward investment agency, MIDAS.

“Our aim is to establish the Knowledge Quarter as one of the UK’s most successful locations for knowledge creation and innovation, as well as a strong economic area that is more than the sum of the parts. Colin has an outstanding track record in this area and we are looking forward to working with him,” said Professor Janet Beer, chairman of the Knowledge Quarter and vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool.

Sinclair’s post is joint-funded through a partnership between the organisations based within the area. He will be based at Liverpool Science Park.

Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, said:

“The Knowledge Quarter is hugely important, not just for the future economic success of Liverpool, but also the wider city region. This is a hugely exciting time as we see a number of major developments being delivered.

“Colin already has an excellent reputation in the city and I am very much looking forward to working with him, starting with promoting the city at the international real estate event, MIPIM, this week.”