Property and development membership organisation Developing Consensus is delighted to appoint Sandra Manson as Chair.

Sandra, who is Senior Director at national development consultancy Pegasus Group, has already played an active role in the organisation as Head of the Planning Steering board.

Over the last two years, Sandra has worked to connect the group’s private sector businesses with local planning teams to foster collaboration and a positive dialogue between the two. 

Sandra said: “I’m delighted to take on this role at such a pivotal time for the region and must thank Adam for all his hard work since Developing Consensus began in creating a voice for business in a constructive way. I look forward to continuing in that role, with the support of the steering group and the fantastic member companies. 

“With the region on the cusp of a Devolution deal finally crossing the line, it is more important than ever that we work collaboratively across the region, across sectors, to optimise the opportunities for all.  I look forward to the New Year and taking stock with the membership on our priorities and ambitions.”

Sandra succeeds Adam Serfontein, who led Developing Consensus since its creation over 10 years ago, growing the group into the collection of over 120 public and private sector organisations it is today.

Adam Serfontein, Managing Director of Hanro Group, said: “As the region waits for a new devolution deal, we find ourselves at a watershed, where there is great change but also great opportunity afoot. With this in mind, it felt the right time for change within Developing Consensus too, which is why we were delighted when Sandra Manson accepted the invite from our steering group.

“I am incredibly proud of our collective achievements over the last 10 years, including lobbying our civic leaders to secure an effective inward investment function, providing a clear point of contact and with the responsibility to improve the region’s economic growth prospects. Of course, I will remain on the steering group to provide support wherever I can and wish Sandra every success as she leads the charge for our members.”

The group will continue to work towards unlocking barriers to development and creating the right conditions for growth, working across its five key areas of infrastructure, inward investment, regional vision, planning and enabling development to do so.

Developing Consensus will be reconvening its wider membership in the New Year, to learn more about the organisation and find out how to join, visit: