Lavery to lead Arcadis in Liverpool

Arcadis has appointed Chris Lavery as regional director for Liverpool, charging him with driving growth for the business across the Liverpool city region and wider North West.

Lavery will also represent the consultancy on the board of George Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership, of which Arcadis is a founding partner.

He brings more than 20 years’ experience at executive and board level across sectors including government, education, energy, health, transport, defence and infrastructure, and has worked on the development of innovative funding structures, Arcadis said.

Lavery jonis from global professional services and technology company KBR, where he was regional director for the North West, spending six years with the business.

Prior to that, he held regional director and partner positions at Mouchel and Hornagold & Hills, including spells as managing director at the Impact Partnership, 2020 Liverpool and 2020 Knowsley, joint venture companies between Mouchel and councils in Rochdale, Liverpool and Knowsley respectively.

He said: “There are so many exciting growth and investment opportunities across the city and city region and, with Liverpool playing a key role in the Northern Powerhouse agenda, the potential for long term prosperity is huge.

“In fact, Arcadis’s recent Investing in Britain report identified Liverpool as one of the UK’s leading hot spots for growth, with major strengths including not just it’s infrastructure and the quality and affordability of housing supply, but also a positive business environment and the strength of the city brand.”

Jonathan Moore, Arcadis city executive for Manchester, added: “Chris is a key strategic appointment for Arcadis and signals our intent to support and drive forward the regional growth agenda.

“Closely aligning with the aims and objectives of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership, where Chris’s strategic input will be invaluable, he brings huge experience and knowledge of a region that remains a major focus area for our business moving forward.”

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What has the northern powerhouse partnership, and those running it, done for Liverpool?

If our city is such a leading hotspot for growth, then why aren’t we seeing it right now? Why is the city no longer even in the UK’s top ten for inward investment?

The city is awash with low budget development in high profile places that will lie empty on completion, and end up as a rerun of what happened to Canning. And there is next to zero commercial development. None of this adds up to a secure future for us.

By Mike

What did the Romans ever do for us? Apart from the roads, aqueducts, sanitation…

Imagine the sorry state the City would be in without the Northern Powerhouse Strategy. These things take time.

By Alan Partridge

Pretty easy to debunk a Liverpool echo non-story which is based on the work of an amateur volunteer writer on “thoughts blog”, by physical evidence (empty buildings staying empty, dearth of any meaningful private sector commercial development), actual research, and official statistics. I respect John’s intentions and advocacy for the city, and I expect if he had foreseen how it would be used to pretend all is rosy (rather than demonstrating what Liverpool is worth) he might have framed it differently. I expect that his wishes for our city are more aligned to mine.

Given Liverpool was Britain’s fastest growing economy beforehand, and is now 17th for FDI, “more time” is definitely not what the northern powerhouse partnership and others on the same boat should be getting. The reality of Liverpool’s lost decade needs to be faced up to, so it can be ended.

By Mike