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Joining the Board for Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

December 18, 2017
By Deborah Harry, Chief Finance and Planning Officer at Sheffield Hallam University
Joining the Board for Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park
Deborah Harry has joined Sheffield Hallam University from the University of Lincoln. During her time at Lincoln, she made a significant contribution to the University's growth and development, and she brings with her a wealth of experience in financial business and support functions.

Here she talks about her new role as Board Member for Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park:

This month has been one of the most exciting months in the history and development of Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, and I’m delighted to be joining the Board at such an important time.

The announcement of two new centres - the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Research and Innovation Centre (ORRIC) and the Centre of Child Health and Technology (CCHT) – and the recent reference to them in the Sector Deal Document is recognition of Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park’s role in promoting Sheffield and improving the lives of people locally and globally.

It's exciting to be working collaboratively across multiple organisations to achieve great things for our city. In the next phase, over the next few months, we will flesh out the details of how these inspirational projects will be delivered.

Also at the start of next year, building work will begin on our pioneering Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) which, when complete, will form the centre piece of the Park.  Creating innovations that will 'improve the health of the nation', the AWRC will tackle key issues such as static levels of physical activity, rising obesity and mental health whilst also attracting new jobs and investment to the region.

As a new board member, having moved to Sheffield and joined Sheffield Hallam University only this year, I've been delighted to discover how well known and well respected the development of Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is across our business and public-sector communities. Having attended events ranging from the Horasis Conference, where we welcomed leaders of Chinese business, to hosting a Department of International Trade visit and the annual dinner of the Yorkshire Bank, there has been widespread interest in and support of our vision.

So, looking ahead to 2018, I am confident that Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park will continue to flourish and progress in becoming one of Sheffield's most prominent assets and a national beacon for innovations in health and wellbeing.