New Board to clean up across City Region

Posted 24th March 2021
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Reducing carbon emissions and creating a productive and sustainable economy will be amongst the main aims of a new Clean Growth Board.

The Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) sub-board will play a leading role in addressing urgent environmental and social issues as well as creating new sources of sustainable economic growth. Backed by the commitment from the Metro Mayor for the city region to be zero carbon by 2040 – it is a priority for both the LEP and Combined Authority.

Two women with extensive experience in this field will head up the board. Dr Melinda Acutt will be taking on the role of Chair and Deputy Chair will be Amanda Lyne. Melinda is a director of ICS Consulting Ltd, a management and economic consultancy in the infrastructure sector, was a senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool with previous roles at NHS Wirral, Yorkshire Water and Ofwat, where she was a member of the Water Services Regulation Authority. Amanda is Managing Director of ULEMCO Ltd – a global hydrogen technology company and has extensive consultancy experience for a variety of clean technology, energy and innovation businesses.

Made up of 22 members, many from key sectors of the region’s economy – business and industry, academia, local government and the third sector. Alongside industry experts from manufacturing, transport and construction including low carbon energy producers and consumers, from companies such as Peel, Stobart Energy, Alstom and Orsted.

Board Chair, Melinda Acutt, said: “We are really fortunate to have been able to convene a highly knowledgeable group of members willing to donate their time and expertise to this newly formed board. I am really looking forward to working together with Amanda and the rest of the board to share their combined expertise in how best to deliver the Clean Growth that our region needs. There could not be a more vital time for the work of the board as we look as a region to recover from the effects of the COVID pandemic and Build Back Better to deliver a net carbon zero economy that works for everyone in our region.

“Liverpool City Region is well placed both geographically and geologically to have an effective impact on our environment and as a board we intend to use these assets. The low carbon sector here already employs 27,000 people, working for 1,400 companies, contributing £2bn to the city region economy – this gives us a great platform as we look to utilise existing local projects such as offshore energy production and hydrogen manufacture and distribution, to create new sustainable opportunities and services as well as aiming for a carbon neutral economy.”

Pictured: Amanda Lyne & Dr Melinda Acutt 

Clean Growth Board

  • Melinda Acutt (Chair), ICS Consulting
  • Amanda Lyne (Deputy Chair), ULEMCO
  • Matthew Allen, Rock Infrastructure & Rock Rail Holdings Ltd
  • Carl Beer, Merseyside Recycling & Waste Authority
  • Christine Darbyshire, Liverpool City Council
  • David Hunt, Hyperion Executive Search Ltd
  • Janine Hyland, Parenting 2000
  • Myles Kitcher, Peel L&P Environmental Ltd
  • Mark Knowles, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
  • Mike Muldoon, Alstom
  • Simone Peppi, Pilot Group
  • Jonathan Quinn, Quinnovations Ltd Environmental Innovation Centre
  • Ian Rippin, Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS)
  • Tom Roberts, Mott MacDonald
  • Dr. Frank Rourke, INOVYN ChlorVinyls
  • Tony Seasman, Clean Growth UK & LJMU
  • Rachel Shorney, SP Energy Network
  • Neil Spencer, Stobart Energy
  • Ian Stenton, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Emma Toulson, Ørsted UK
  • Prof. Karl Whittle, University of Liverpool
  • Howard Williams, ABB Ltd.