Liverpool City Region Maritime and Logisitics Board

Posted 4th June 2020

Make a Difference to Our City Region


Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (CA) work together to deliver inclusive growth for the City Region.

The LEP provides strategic advice and guidance on economic development priorities, while the CA brings democratic accountability and oversight for the City Region. Working together in this way gives us the insights and benefits of both public and private sectors.

The LEP manages and supports a range of Advisory Boards in the growth sectors and disciplines that are pivotal to delivering inclusive growth in our City Region.

These boards, made up of leaders from the private and public sectors, provide strategic insight, intelligence and guidance to the LEP board, the CA and the LEP Executive in the fulfilment of their strategic activities for the City Region. Their importance and strength are in their detailed technical and specialist expertise, based on practical business experience, providing a wealth of information and intelligence to inform economic strategy and effective delivery.

The membership of sub-boards is open to any interested and suitably experienced individuals from business, higher and further education, third sector and any interested party and member of the public who can provide valuable insight into the sector / focus of the board. These sub-boards are strategic advisory groups and do not have any financial decision-making authority, nor do they have operating budgets.

New LEP Board

The LEP is expanding and strengthening its network of sub-boards and is establishing a new Maritime and Logistics Advisory Board to reflect the challenges and opportunities facing the City Region.

We are actively inviting Expressions of Interest from people who wish to offer their expertise to join this board.

Maritime and Logistics Advisory Board

The LEP is working in partnership with cluster organisation Mersey Maritime to establish the Maritime and Logistics Advisory Board. Mersey Maritime is the UK’s largest maritime cluster organisation, representing the interests over 200 members across the industry and is committed to creating growth and jobs in the LCR.

The Maritime and Logistics Advisory Board will act as conduit for the Maritime and Logistics industry in LCR to share its insights to inform and shape the City Region’s strategy and priorities for this important sector. The group will provide a platform for discussion on a range of current and long term issues that will impact the sector including skills, infrastructure, facilities, trade and networks.

The Maritime and Logistics Advisory Board will also play a fundamental role in helping to raise the profile of the LCR maritime and logistics sector at a national and international level and attracting investment into the City Region. It will provide the LEP, CA and Mersey Maritime with a valuable source of intelligence to inform government on the needs and opportunities of the sector.

Members of the Board will also be expected to establish a strong collaborative approach and provide insights to support recovery for COVID-19

The Board will also require a private sector Chair, however there is already representation of Maritime and Logistics on the main LEP board, which will complement and champion the activity of the advisory board. Please state in your application if you wish to be considered for the position of Chair.

A breakdown of the areas of expertise sought is listed below for guidance but this is not exhaustive, and interest is welcomed from those with informed experience and insight outside these areas:

  • Port Operators / Owners
    Importers / Exporters
  • Shipping Lines
  • Third Party Logistics
  • Freight Forwarders
  • Engineering / Manufacturing
  • Offshore / Renewable Energy
  • Maritime Professional Services
  • Training / Education
  • Public Sector
  • Third Sector
  • Maritime Science / Innovation
  • Global Trade
  • Connectivity
  • Infrastructure

Key Attributes Sought

  • A commitment to support the inclusive growth of Liverpool City Region
  • Understanding of Maritime and Logistics and its operation locally, nationally and internationally
  • Extensive experience of Maritime and Logistics agendas, especially within the disciplines outlined above
  • Experience and engagement in international and national trade investment
  • Commitment and ability to raise the profile of the Liverpool City Region
  • Have strong, professional networks within the Maritime and Logistics sector
  • Excellent communication skills and willingness to share ideas and experiences
  • Passion, vision and commitment to developing Maritime and Logistics within the LCR economy
  • Ability to balance existing commitments with active board participation, including attending meetings.


It has been widely demonstrated that Boards are much more effective if they represent the diversity of the customers and communities they serve. Liverpool City Region LEP is committed to ensuring all its Boards are diverse and actively welcomes and supports applications from all our community with the expertise and ambition to inform each of our sub-boards (Read our Equality & Diversity Statement here)

Please note it is NOT a requirement that applicants have previously served at Board level. We strongly welcome new and fresh thinking from those who have not been actively represented before.

How our LEP Boards Work

  • Our Boards typically comprise of 12-18 members of the business community, including leaders from large and small scale businesses, colleges, universities and schools, institutions and third sector, alongside public sector colleagues.
  • The Boards typically meet quarterly, for 2 hours, to an agenda agreed through the Board Chair. They are supported by executives from the Growth Platform –the City Region’s Growth Company, established by the LEP and CA and in this case also by those from Mersey Maritime.
  • They are relaxed in style and involve a strategic and practical dialogue on the key issues facing sector areas, working to determine priorities and suggestions for delivery to provide insight to inform the LEP and the Combined Authority in the development of strategy and its implementation.
  • The boards draw strength from their members’ technical expertise, practical business experience. Board members typically serve 3 years, though this may be extended, by agreement to a maximum of 6 years.
  • The individuals appointed will be expected to apply themselves to developing or challenging strategies designed to deliver growth in each of these areas.
  • LEP Chair and Board positions are not financially remunerated, but reward comes in being engaged in driving forward important agenda for the benefit of current and future generations.

How to Apply

To apply, please send an up-to-date CV and a covering letter detailing your interest and suitability for the role in line with the specifications above to

For an informal discussion about joining the Maritime and Logistics Advisory Board, please speak to Mark Basnett at Liverpool City Region LEP by contacting 

Or to discuss the role of Mersey Maritime and its support for this Board please speak to Ruth Wood, Commercial Manager, Mersey Maritime

The closing date for Expressions of Interest is Friday 17 July 2020 at 12 noon.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you