Barnet Council has appointed a new head of regeneration to try to drive forward the borough’s five major regeneration schemes despite the recession.

Colin Ross, who joins from BPP Regeneration Consultancy, will join the council next month and work on schemes including Brent Cross Cricklewood, Grahame Park, West Hendon, Stonegrove and Spur Road, and Dollis Valley.

Ross has also worked on large regeneration projects in the past for Strathclyde and Glasgow City Councils and will work with Barnet’s cabinet member for regeneration and development, Councillor Anthony Finn, to address the economic challenges.

Ross’s appointment is part of a wider restructuring at Barnet, which will see senior regeneration managers, who are set to be appointed over the next few months, appointed to the individual regeneration projects.

The council is also planning to appoint a principal regeneration manager to lead on the borough’s £4.5bn flagship regeneration project at Brent Cross Cricklewood.