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Lord Smith of Kelvin to chair Clyde Gateway

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Lord Smith of Kelvin is to take on another high-profile role, after agreeing to chair of one of Scotland's largest regeneration projects.

Lord Smith, who chaired the Smith Commission on Scottish devolution, will lead Clyde Gateway on delivering the post-2014 Commonwealth Games legacy.

The work focuses on regenerating Glasgow's east end.

Lord Smith was chairman of the Commonwealth Games organising committee and has a number of other top roles.

They include chairing Forth Ports and the Green Investment Bank.

He will take up his new unpaid role as chairman of Clyde Gateway next month.

Lord Smith will succeed Lanarkshire-based businessman Neil MacDonald, who is stepping down after three years.

Clyde Gateway is home to some of the major venues and locations associated with the 2014 Games, including the Athletes' Village and The Emirates Arena and Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome.

It was established in December 2007 as a partnership between Glasgow City Council, South Lanarkshire Council, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish government as a 20-year project to regenerate the local communities.

Image caption Clyde Gateway is home to some of the major venues used during the Games, including the Emirates Arena

Lord Smith said: "I am delighted to be given this opportunity to shape and influence the continued delivery of the Games legacy.

"The 2014 Commonwealth Games came with a promise that the event would be a springboard for a continued and sustainable transformation of the east end, one which would go on for many years after the athletes and officials had returned home and Clyde Gateway is at the forefront of ensuring this happens."

He added: "The next Commonwealth Games are a little more than three years away in Australia, at which time many people will look back and ask what exactly has been the legacy for Glasgow.

"I intend to ensure that when they look at the Clyde Gateway communities they will see it has been every bit as world-class as the Games were themselves."

'Perfect fit'

Clyde Gateway chief executive Ian Manson said: "The role of our independent chair is vitally important.

"It requires someone who has the experience of the public and private sectors together with an understanding of how they have to work in tandem with the wishes of local residents and business owners.

"Lord Smith is a perfect fit for us at this time, some seven years along a journey that is going to take two decades to complete.

"He not only has all that we are looking for but he brings the addition of his much-stated desire to ensure the continued building of a Games legacy."

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