We'll avoid the 'usual suspects'
THE hunt is on to find a dozen people to oversee an ambitious new ten-year plan to revitalise Hull's economy.
The City Plan has set a target of creating 7,500 jobs over the next decade.
At the same time, Hull will be promoted as the UK's Energy City in an attempt to attract new investment in renewable energy industries on the back of the proposed Siemens offshore wind turbine factory earmarked for Alexandra Dock.
As part of the initiative, a new- look City Leadership Board is being set up to drive different elements of the plan.
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It will also be expected to champion Hull beyond the city.
The board members are expected to be drawn from different sectors across the city.
But its final line-up is likely to very different from previous partnership bodies overseeing joint working in Hull in recent years.
Unveiling initial ideas about the City Plan at a special meeting of the Hull Bondholders group, interim chief executive Darryl Stephenson said he was keen to avoid "the usual suspects" being appointed to the board.
"What we see is the city council providing a platform for the City Leadership Board as well as being a participant.
"However, the board will drive the City Plan, not the council. We will be there to play a supporting role."
Former city councillor and current chairman of the Hull and East Yorkshire Community Foundation, Kath Lavery, said she had yet to be convinced over the council's commitment to partnership working.
"I think there is a deep cultural issue over how the council works with the rest of the city," she said.
City council leader Councillor Steve Brady said the time for talking shops was over.
"When I first became a councillor I was quite astonished by some of the attitudes here. There was far too much talking and not enough action," he said.
"Things have improved but I still want to see a significant change in attitudes and culture in this council."