Robertson retires from CDC


Cornwall Development Company (CDC) economic development manager Neil Robertson has retired after 40 years’ public service in Cornwall.

Neil Robertson

During his extensive career, Robertson led business development for Cornwall County Council before transferring to Cornwall Enterprise. In 2009 Cornwall Council became a unitary authority and Robertson transferred to the newly-created CDC at the same time.

He retires from his current role with CDC having overseen contracts worth in excess of £100 million and supported the creation of more than 2,000 jobs during his career.

He remarked: “I’ve loved doing what I think is a worthwhile job working, as I see it, for the people of Cornwall. I will really miss the team I have around me but I felt it’s a good moment to retire and spend more time with the family, especially now I’ve amassed five grandchildren!”

Included on his CV is director and latterly chair of the national Institute of Economic Development as well as board member and past chairman of both the Cornwall and the South West Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

CDC chief executive, Suzanne Bond, commented: “Neil has made an enormous contribution to the economic development of Cornwall. He has been a great role model for staff and always displayed the utmost integrity, professionalism and judgement. He should be very proud of a tremendous track record over the past 40 years. Both I and the staff at CDC will miss him.”

Robertson’s responsibilities at CDC will be taken over by Anthony Vage.