Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation chief executive leaving after five years at the helm

Outgoing Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation chief executive John Lewis.

Outgoing Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation chief executive John Lewis. - Credit: Archant

The outgoing chief executive of the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation believes he will be leaving the town in good shape after more than five years at the helm.

John Lewis – who joined the Foundation from the Milton Keynes partnership in 2010 – has agreed to take up the role of executive director of the Thamesmead department of housing association the Peabody Group in the summer.

Reflecting on his time at the Foundation, John said: “Over the last five years I have had the opportunity to lead a great team.

“I have really enjoyed working with our trustees and governors and the many partners, community groups and businesses which make up this unique town.

“I am particularly proud to have refocused the organisation to maximise the support available for local communities across the garden city while ensuring that we maintain and enhance our local heritage.

“Our investment in the town over the last five years has resulted in increased business activity, new shops and restaurants, the return of North Herts College to the town centre, the launch of the International Garden Cities Institute and the opening of the new Broadway Studio and Gallery.

“I am delighted that our continued investment in the Broadway Cinema has resulted in us being the number one independent cinema.

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“And now the construction of the new Broadway Theatre is under way bringing more choice and activity to the town.

“It has been a big decision to leave the Foundation but I feel that having just launched our new community driven five year plan, which sets out our collective ambitions for the future, it is a good time for someone new to take things forward.”

John has been tasked with leading Peabody’s regeneration plans for the south-east London district of Thamesmead, improving the area and delivering thousands of new homes.

“This role offers me a unique opportunity to draw on my experience of working in property, regeneration, new towns and garden cities,” John said.

“I’m really looking forward to delivering Peabody’s programmes in Thamesmead over the coming years.”