Meet Michelle McKechnie, Chair of Regen North

Oct 29, 2019

Michelle is Chair of Regenerate North, here she talks about her role and Regenerate North Group’s aims and visions for the north Hampshire and Surrey area, ahead of this year’s conference

At Willmott Dixon, our Central South business covers Hampshire, Dorset, Berkshire and Wiltshire meaning we’re very much aware of the wide variety of development, construction and property challenges across the region.

We opened our Farnborough based Central South office in December 2016 and joined Business South as a Champion in the build up to our new office opening, as we were keen to engage with key business stakeholders and potential customers to help raise our profile in the area.

We hosted the first Regenerate North Hampshire event in November 2016, which was a great opportunity to share details of the key developments and challenges faced across this area, as well as building valuable connections.

I have since became chair of the Business South Regenerate North Group, which was established earlier this year, as I’m passionate about the challenges we face within the construction, property and development sectors and want to help the region shape its ambitions and plans for the future. My role sees me driving the ambitions of our committee to support the champions and business across our region.

In my opinion, the vision of Regen North is to establish a group to work collaboratively with the common purpose of raising the profile of the region, and helping to meet the ambitions set by developers, local authorities and businesses to generate continued success and growth. We also plan and organise the Regen North Hampshire and South West Surrey conference, which is happening this year in Guildford on the 6th November.

The Regenerate North conference will showcase plans and strategies being developed to help promote the region, plus provide exciting opportunities to hear from business leaders on key infrastructure developments and market trends that will impact the North Hampshire and West Surrey areas. The event will also provide the opportunity for local authorities to showcase their key development opportunities to potential investors, developers, contractors and industry partners to help drive these forward. It will also provide a key platform for construction, property and development professionals to network and discuss opportunities.

We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to what will be another fantastic event!

This year’s Regenerate North Conference will be held on Wednesday 6th November at the Holiday Inn, Guildford from 8.30am – 2pm. To secure your ticket visit