Jane Hatton has been appointed as the new Sudbury town centre development manager – a role that has been funded by Sainsbury’s.
Mrs Hatton, of Prospect Hill, Great Cornard, who is project manager for the Sudbury Market Town Partnership, is to take up the role immediately.
It has been paid for as a result of a section 106 agreement – money paid by the supermarket chain to offset the impact of the development in Cornard Road.
Mrs Hatton, 46, said: “I am looking forward to the opportunity to promote Sudbury, while working with all organisations to ensure the town remains a great destination, not only for shopping but to work, live and visit.
“It will be up to the retailers and businesses to decide what they want to concentrate on doing in the town in future – I will be canvassing them in the next few months to find out. We also have our regular monthly meetings.”
The job, funded for two years, is to “maintain and enhance the quality, viability, heritage and night-time economy of the town centre”.
Mrs Hatton, who has three children with husband Michael, has been appointed by the Sudbury Town Team Management Group, an independent body representing town businesses.
Philippa Jerram, town team chairman, said: “Jane has always lived in and around Sudbury and is already well-known within the town for her work with retailers, organising a number of events, not least the successful 2013 Taste of Sudbury food and drink festival.
“Jane demonstrated her understanding of the issues facing Sudbury and was able to communicate this in an effective way, and she is undoubtedly the right person to take on this challenging and demanding role that will help to ensure the vitality of Sudbury into the future.
“We are looking forward to developing its action plan with Jane’s help to deliver clear results for Sudbury.”
The team meets regularly and membership is open to any business or organisation based in the town centre.