Liverpool City Region LEP strengthens boards

Posted 9th July 2019
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Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has strengthened its Main Board and its Manufacturing and Health & Life Science Boards with the appointment of 11 new board members to help drive forward the city region economy.

The new members on the Main Board are:

  • Laura Pye – Director of National Museums Liverpool, as Visitor Economy Champion
  • Dr Liz Mear – Chief Executive of the Innovation Agency, as Health and Life Sciences Champion
  • Mike Hulme – Director of Alstom Transport UK, as Advanced Manufacturing Champion

The LEP board provides strategic insight and guidance to the Combined Authority on the economic challenges and opportunities facing the city region, and each board member provides expertise in their field to help drive forward a key growth sector.

On the appointments, Chair of the Liverpool City Region LEP, Asif Hamid MBE, said: “We have had incredibly strong interest in these positions which allowed us to appoint really high calibre individuals who each have their own area of expertise and bring a wealth of experience. I am delighted that 8 of these appointments are women demonstrating the quality of female leadership we have in our city region. We know that increasing diversity on boards brings huge benefits for organisations and I look forward to working alongside these new board members.”

Dr Liz Mear said “The health and life sciences industries are a major employer in our region and contribute massively to the region’s economy.  I’m delighted to have been appointed as their representative for the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board and look forward to collaborating with colleagues from other sectors of the economy to increase investment and visibility across the region.”

Laura Pye has also been appointed as Chair to the Visitor Economy (VE) Board – which helps shape and develop tourism across the city region. Born in Liverpool, she is the Director of National Museums Liverpool and before that was Head of Culture for Bristol City Council.

Laura replaces Sara Wilde-McKeown who was Chair for 5 years. During those years she successfully delivered the VE investment strategy, reshaped the board to be private sector led and secured investment for the city region.

Laura said: “Coming back to the city I grew up in after 16 years has already been incredibly rewarding. Taking this role leading the Visitor Economy Board is an opportunity to steer this important sector and use the many assets this region has to the absolute maximum. Of course, there are challenges ahead, with many different organisations having a role to play and the need to work together is more important than ever.”

At the same time, to meet the requirements from a national LEP review, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (CA) and local authorities agreed that the three public sector representatives who will sit on the board are the Metro Mayor – Steve Rotheram, the CA Portfolio Lead for Skills and Education – Mayor Joe Anderson, and the CA Portfolio Lead for Inclusive Economy and the Third Sector – Cllr Pat Hackett.

The new ‘Making It’ board members are:

  • Madina Barker, Managing Director of CNC Robotics
  • Alan Norbury, the Chief Technology Officer of Siemens UK
  • Rowan Egan, the Chief Executive of the Northern Automotive Alliance (representing the automotive sector in the North of England)
  • Dr Rebecca Chandy of Hope University Management School
  • Michelle Dow, the Managing Director of All About STEM (an organisation specialising in STEM engagement for schools)

The new members of the Health and Life Science Board are:

  • Richard Ryrie, Consultant Scientist, Elanco Animal Health
  • Dr Liz Bishop, Chief Executive, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
  • Hayley Citrine, Chief Executive, The Walton Centre

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Pictured (L-R): Mike Hulme, Laura Pye and Dr Liz Mear