Oak Regeneration and its subsidiary Pine Regeneration Ltd are the owners of the East Pit surface mine site. Oak Regeneration is managed by Alan Whitely and Eric Evans, who possess a wealth of experience in putting complex regeneration projects together.
Eric Evans has spent most of his professional life, predominantly, in regeneration projects, whether it is in the private or public sector. Eric is a Solicitor, and was the Town Clerk of Blaenau Gwent Borough Council and in private practice with Eversheds (where he was the Cardiff Head of the Property and Planning Department) and M&A.
He is a former Deputy Chief Executive and Legal Adviser to the Land Authority of Wales, a statutory body created to ensure that land in Wales was brought forward for regeneration. He was involved in the first Derelict Land Scheme in 1969 – at Cwmtillery Valley and acted in Cardiff Bay at the birth of the Development Corporation, undertaking the winding up process of the Corporation. In between, he acted on many of the projects in the Bay, including the regeneration of the former East Moors Steelworks in Cardiff by the development of Nippon Electric Glass and Schott Glassworks.
Other schemes include Pontprennau (housing, retail and Service Areas and the new interchange (Junction 30) to the M4; the development at Junction 36 (Sainsbury and Mac Arthur Glenn (retail and the construction of the Bridgend Northern Distributor Road).
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Alan is a solicitor (Eversheds, M&A) with an extensive track record in regeneration projects nationwide. He has particular expertise in running and delivering large scale development projects and project managing and leading multi disciplinary teams to produce innovative results. In recent years he led the development of the Cardiff City stadium project, a multi faceted project involving, as well as the new stadium, the regeneration of a significant area of derelict land for retail use, the construction of a new athletics stadium and significant highways improvement in Cardiff. This involved the coordination of both public and private sectors and the raising of significant sums of money from a multitude of sources.
Alan has significant experience in the mining industry having led the first deep mine privatization in South Wales into the private sector at Bettws, Ammanford and subsequently acted on the privatization of the South Wales opencast coalfield. Alan is however probably best known for his non executive role at Cardiff City Football Club where he is currently now Chief Executive. He has also acted in a non executive director role for a medical devices company both in the UK and the US and for local construction and plant hire companies. He served as honorary solicitor for the Cardiff Business Club for over 10 years.