In three of the four cities Downtown operates in, Oglesby puts a roof over the organisation’s head, so it is easy to see why he is considered a key player to the business club’s success and growth. It wasn’t until Downtown rocked up in Manchester in 2009 though that Oglesby and Downtown hooked up, and the property giant Bruntwood, of which he is the chief executive, became the first corporate sponsor of Downtown Manchester in Business. Since then the relationship has developed, with Downtown now based in Bruntwood’s iconic Manchester One tower on Portland Street, West One in Leeds, and most recently the Plaza in Liverpool.
On a personal level, Chris’s rise as a key business figure in the north has been significant. Having taken over the reins of the family business in 1999, he has been keen to get involved in helping the growth and regeneration of the cities his company operates in. He has been a board member of CityCo, the Piccadilly Partnership, Corridor Manchester, and the Irwell City Park initiative along the boundary of Manchester and Salford. He has also been involved in supporting the establishment of key public-private sector partnerships in Liverpool and Leeds, where the Bruntwood brand is growing in terms of both size and influence.