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Dedicated Hull City Council officer Mark Jones has been made an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2016.

Mark has been recognised for his services to leading Hull’s regeneration and investment.

Mark was appointed as the Head of Economic Development at Hull City Council in 1999, and in his 17 years has overseen many large-scale investment projects into the city, including the completion of the KC Stadium, St Stephen’s shopping centre and Green Port Hull.

More recently Mark has been instrumental in securing the combined £310m investment by Siemens and ABP, bringing to fruition one of the largest offshore wind investments the city has ever seen. Working in partnership alongside ABP, the University of Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, the project will deliver 1,000 jobs directly, and has the potential to be the single biggest influence on Hull’s economy for generations.

Mark is also currently leading the leading the city’s £100m Destination Hull programme and is heading up the City of Culture’s Readiness programme.

Speaking on the news of the award, Mr Jones said:

“It is a privilege to be able to do the work I do on behalf of the city council and the city.

“Without the clear direction of elected members, the support of Hull’s MPs and very focussed joint working with brilliant private sector investors, Hull’s regeneration story wouldn’t be as great.

“Above all, I would like to thank a passionate and committed team who have been with me all the way.”

Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council said:

“I am absolutely delighted that Mark has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List which recognises his commitment and dedication towards driving forward economic regeneration and investment to the city, and most importantly celebrates the role he played in helping to bring to fruition one of the largest most crucial investment opportunities to this region.

“I would like to congratulate him on receiving an MBE and thank him for all of his hard work and shared aspirations for helping our city to realise its fantastic potential.”

Matt Jukes, Chief Executive of Hull City Council, said of the announcement:

"Mark truly deserves this recognition for all the hard work that he and the Economic Regeneration & Planning team he leads have put in to developing the economic success of Hull over many years.

“From a personal perspective, I worked very closely with Mark when I was in the private sector and I know, at first hand, from our work on many inward investment opportunities, including Green Port Hull, how dedicated and professional he is.

“Mark is highly regarded by our existing businesses, new businesses looking to invest in the city and the many public and private sector stakeholders who are involved in delivering the economic regeneration the city needs.

“On behalf of Hull City Council and all of them, I want to take this opportunity to warmly congratulate Mark on this extremely well deserved honour."