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Laurence Collins
Non-executive Director Laurence Collins

Laurence was lead director at Ipswich Borough Council for health strategies and improvements for many years. He brings to the NHS extensive experience of leading change, corporate restructures and transformation programmes, including setting up multi-agency customer service and contact centres. Mr Collins has led complex multi-agency partnership projects such as the Ravenswood development, and key Ipswich Waterfront regeneration schemes including Felaw Maltings.

Between 1974 and 1985, Mr Collins had a career in planning in the public sector in South Yorkshire, Berkshire and London. He came to Ipswich in 1985 and was appointed a corporate director at Ipswich Borough Council in 1991 until December last year. During this time he established strong links with many local organisations and groups, and has a good knowledge of the local community.

He has a BA in Geography and an MA in Town and Regional Planning. Mr Collins also has professional memberships of the Royal Town Planning Institute, the Chartered Management Institute and SOLACE. Mr Collins founded the East West Rail Consortium (made up of 25 local authorities/agencies across central southern England and was chairman for several years). He also initiated and led the East Anglian campaign to lobby for Stratford International.