Mark Robinson announced as Task Force Chair

Published 11 June 2020
Last updated 11 June 2020

The High Streets Task Force has today confirmed Mark Robinson, co-founder of Ellandi and leading investor in regional town centres, has been appointed as the Chair of the Task Force Board.

Mark will work with the new Board will guide the work of the Task Force and act as a national voice for high streets, supporting them to transform town and city centres.

In welcoming the appointment, High Streets Minister Simon Clarke MP said "I know that Mark will be a strong voice for ensuring that local businesses and communities get the support they need to reopen safely in the coming weeks."

Leading the creation of inclusive and sustainable communities

Mark is an award-winning entrepreneur and investor in town centres, having co-founded the developer Ellandi in 2008.  At Ellandi, Mark has helped lead its mission to create the UK’s most inclusive and sustainable communities, raising over £1.5bn pounds to invest in more than 30 communities across the UK and Northern Ireland, from Enniskillen to Folkestone.

In a career over 25 years Mark has worked for both owners and occupiers of town centre properties and in 2019 was President of Revo; a leading membership body that represents the interests of owners, occupiers and local authorities in promoting thriving retail places.  During this time, he successfully led an initiative to broaden the membership base to embrace the public sector and the launch of the Diploma in Retail and Leisure Place Management in partnership with Solent University.

Mark Robinson, Chair of the Task Force, said:

“I am delighted and honoured to be asked to lead this initiative.  No-one underestimates the challenges to our town centres, but this long-term initiative, running until 2024, shows the government’s commitment to our towns and the transformation required. I look forward to making change happen.

“The Task Force has already provided invaluable advice to town centre stakeholders in the current crisis and we will continue to build capacity, promoting best practice, led by research and evidenced by data. The Task Force will provide a rallying point for all of the people who care about our High Streets and advocate the change that is needed.”

Mark was previously a a judge of the Great British High Street in 2019; and over the years a number of Ellandi projects have entered and been shortlisted. Ellandi projects have also been recognised with numerous awards for diversity, design, customer service, marketing, community impact and sustainability on a national and international basis.

Part of a diverse Task Force Board

Mark will work with the newly-formed Task Force Board, who together oversee and guide the work of the Task Force, helping to ensure it meets the goals set when the Task Force was commissioned by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).

The High Streets Task Force Board combines experience from across private, public and community-led sectors. In helping to guide the work of the Task Force, all Board Members draw on their track record of making positive change happen on high streets.