Greater Manchester LEP board members announced

The eight remaining positions for the board of the local enterprise partnership for Greater Manchester were confirmed on Friday morning.

They include:

  • Keith Johnston – partner and head of North West market at Addleshaw Goddard
  • Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell – president and vice chancellor, University of Manchester
  • Neil McArthur – chairman and head of innovation at Talk Talk Technology
  • Ken Knott – chief executive of Ask Developments Group
  • Peter Marks – group chief executive of The Co-operative Group
  • Alison Tumilty – deputy chief executive and finance director at Rathbone Training
  • Roger Milburn – director at Ove Arup and Partners
  • Scott Fletcher – chairman at ANS Group

They join chairman, Mike Blackburn, BT's regional director for the North West, and the four local authority representatives including Lord Peter Smith, Sir Richard Leese, Cllr Howard Sykes and Cllr Bob Bibby, who were confirmed as board members on Friday 25 March.

Blackburn said: "The collective skills and experience of the board is impressive. We are all committed to driving Manchester's economic growth and helping to create local jobs and I look forward to getting down to business."

The recruitment process for the private sector board positions began on 27 January 2011 and was co-ordinated by GatenbySanderson, an executive search and selection consultancy.

All appointments were subject to the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities executive approval.

The private sector board members were announced at the first meeting of the new Greater Manchester Combined Authority.

The ten authorities in Greater Manchester have developed a statutory Combined Authority which will co-ordinate key economic development, regeneration and transport functions. GMCA was launched on Friday 1 April.

AGMA will continue to act as the voice of the ten local authorities of Greater Manchester as part of the partnership with GMCA.

A total of 31 LEPs were approved across England last year, including ones for Greater Manchester, Cumbria and Liverpool city region, as well as Cheshire & Warrington.

LEPs will aim to bring civic leaders and local businesses together to stimulate local economic growth. They are set to replace regional development agencies when they close in March next year.

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