Innovation is recognised as a primary means to maximise our place competitiveness within a global context, and drive the Liverpool City Region’s transformational future economic growth.

The associated vision is set out in a dedicated Innovation Plan (November 2014), which seeks to harness and exploit the LCR’s exceptional array of distinctive science and innovation assets, ranging from Unilever’s global R&D HQ and the Virtual Engineering Centre, to the planet’s biggest offshore wind farm and EU’s largest supply of chlor-alkali hydrogen, to the STFC Hartree Centre supercomputer and IBM Watson platform, to the internationally renowned school of Tropical Medicine and new Alder Hey with its vision to be the world’s first “living hospital”.

There is a particular concentration of opportunities in/around the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter and SciTech Daresbury Enterprise Zone, and according to 4 broad “smart specialisation” sectors:

  • Advanced Manufacturing & Big Science
  • Blue/Green
  • Digital & Creative
  • Health & Life Sciences

The partnership-based Plan is important in terms of both strategic advocacy and as a commissioning framework for EU and other funding and investment, and sets out a programme of interlinking collaborative projects capable of creating scale and impact, updated in March 2016 in line with a process to review and inventorise the LCR Innovation Ecosystem’s demonstrably unique and/or nationally or internationally significant assets and capabilities.

Driving delivery and providing strategic leadership is a high level Innovation Board, involving leading industry representatives, Innovate UK, STFC, both Liverpool and John Moores universities, Liverpool CCG, Liverpool Health Partners, and the Combined Authority, facilitated by the LCR LEP, but chaired by Unilever’s Vice President of Open Innovation, reflecting the Board’s primary focus on commercialisation.

Innovation Board

Our Innovation Board is responsible for developing policy and delivering projects on the knowledge economy/ innovation agenda. It brings together universities, policymakers, delivery partners and the businesses that drive innovation and growth in our City Region.

Dr Jon Hague (Chair)


Peter Allan

Hartree Centre

Mark Basnett

Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

Professor Janet Beer

University of Liverpool

Jon Corner

The Landing

Ged Fitzgerald

Liverpool City Council

Professor Sir Ian Gilmore


Professor Robin Leatherbarrow

ESIF Committee and LJMU

Amanda Lyne

Burgundy Gold

Brian McCarthy

Innovate UK

Maura O'Donnell

Vitaflo International Ltd

David Parr

Halton Borough Council

Kirsty Pearce


Professor Susan Smith

Science & Technology Facilities Council

Nigel Weatherill

Liverpool John Moores University

John Whaling

Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership

Maureen Williams

Liverpool CCG