Robert Hough, who has led the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership since its formation in 2012, has announced that he will stand down at the end of June.
Hough’s decision comes as the devolution discussions with central Government taking place across the City Region enter the next phase of negotiations and functions.
As chairman, Hough was instrumental in establishing the LEP in 2012 when the Liverpool City Region LEP formally took over the resources of the Mersey Partnership, including its membership structure.
LEPs were established by the Government to bring together businesses and local authorities in order to drive private-sector led growth and job creation.
Alongside his LEP role, Hough is a non-executive director of Peel Holdings and chairman of Peel Airports, as well as non-executive director of Styles & Wood Group. He is also serving as deputy chairman of the board of governors of the University of Manchester.
Hough said: “I feel the timing is right for a new chair to lead the Liverpool City Region LEP forward at a significant time in its development and for the City Region. We are entering a new phase with the devolution deal agreed with Government and fresh structures being fashioned to drive forward accelerated growth for the City Region.
“It has been a tremendously exciting experience to be part of the Liverpool City Region LEP from inception. I take great pride and satisfaction in helping to build strong foundations and to work collaboratively with many stakeholders in the City Region including the Combined Authority and its constituent Local Authorities.
“The legacy I hope to leave behind is a strong private and public partnership built on dynamic growth sectors and where the LEP has played an important and cohesive role, as well as delivered on its priorities.”