Sadie will be in charge of ensuring that the specialist regeneration developer’s public-private partnership schemes work for the benefit of all.
She will also take responsibility for overseeing an employee advisory panel, reporting to the board on employee engagement and assisting in the establishment of an internal design panel.
“I am delighted to be taking on this groundbreaking role,” said Sadie.
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“I was brought up in a co-operative community in Kent that had been set up by my grandfather, and so I grew up with a real sense of inclusion, purpose, community and responsibility.
“This appointment allows me to help U+I turn those beliefs and commitments into action involving what will, I am sure, be major schemes of huge importance to the communities involved.”
Matthew Weiner, chief executive at U+I, added: “Sadie brings not only a hugely impressive track record of achievement in the world of design, but more importantly a deep-rooted commitment to the principles of community and inclusion.
“She shares our vision and commitment to social purpose, and I am confident she will hold us to account with both rigour and enthusiasm.”