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Robertson's Grieve chairs the board

Liverpool LEP sets up built environment panel

Sarah Townsend

The local enterprise partnership has compiled a board of experts to advise on built environment issues and economic growth across the city region.

The panel is headed by Peter Grieve, operations director for the North West at construction firm Robertson, who will serve as chairman of the panel, named the Built Environment Board for the Liverpool City Region.

Grieve joined Robertson from Laing O’Rourke in 2018. The board comprises 22 other senior leaders from across the public and private sector built environment communities, including construction, architecture, engineering, planning, social enterprise and development, the Liverpool City Region LEP said in a statement.

See below for the full list of members

In the short term, the board will focus on the city region’s economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. However, it will also look at strategies for longer term growth, productivity and competitiveness using the built environment – property, regeneration and infrastructure – as tools for sustainable growth.

It will aim to draw up a strategic plan for the region’s built environment activity over the years ahead. The board will also look at ways of accessing national and regional funding streams to support its goals.

Grieve said: “The built environment agenda is an important one, but now more than ever, in a pandemic crisis and beyond, it is vital that we can support and guide the city region in moving forward in its growth.

“[Our] board members have a vast range of experience and diversity from across the city region and provide a wealth of knowledge to draw upon.”

Asif Hamid, chair of the Liverpool City Region LEP, and Sophie Sudworth, decarbonisation engagement manager at utilities provider SP Energy Networks, are among the other panels members.

Hamid said: “This board will provide stability and a support platform across all sectors and develop a strong, sustainable vision and plan for the future of the built environment across the region.”

Sudworth added: “I represent a critical electricity infrastructure business that is ready to support construction and regeneration to accelerate the move towards a green future.

“The environmental and economic benefits of a green economy are huge, and I look forward to contributing as part of the board.”

The panel will meet on a regular basis to draw up its strategy in the months ahead.

The full list of board members is as follows:

  • Peter Grieve, Robertson North West (chair)
  • Liam Kelly (deputy chair)
  • Soumyen Bandyopadhyay, School of Architecture, University of Liverpool
  • Charlie Chu, Walker Sime
  • Catherine Chilvers, Network Space
  • Tony Clark, Knowsley Council
  • Kim Cooper, Arup
  • Mark Dickens, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority
  • James Flannery, Cunard Construction
  • Lisa Greig, Shape Consulting Engineers
  • Jo Hall, Cronton Sixth Form College
  • Philip Jones, Peel L&P
  • Sean Keyes, Sutcliffe Engineers & Surveyors
  • Mark Kitts, Liverpool Foundation Homes
  • Alexander Lord, University of Liverpool
  • Ged McNicholl, Faithful+Gould
  • Adam Morgan, Studio RBA
  • Susan Patterson, Morgan Sindall Construction North West
  • Mike Riley, Liverpool John Moores University
  • Hazel Rounding, Shedkm
  • Beth Santangeli, Robertson North West
  • Sophie Sudworth, SP Energy Networks
  • Pete Swift, Planit-IE

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One thing that should be eradicated as a result of the pandemic are LEPs. Accountable to nobody, talking shops and a poor man’s consolation prize for the former RDA’s that at least had regeneration budgets to allocate. And can we please decided which of the spare mayor’s in the city region survives the cull while we’re at it?

By John Smith

@JS – Good comment and maybe chuck a couple of Police Commissioners on the “bonfire” as well.

By ChesneyT

I agree with John Smith, my experience is that they are just filtering organisations to defer decisions and employ same old gatekeepers from other professions. It would be interesting to see what they have actually achieved in supporting innovation and new start companies from the local area not to mention FDI
They really need to reflect on how they operate and not regard it as a retirement home for the same old gang. I speak from experience with several companies I have worked with.

By Liverpolitis

I notice that most of the members of the board represent industries that will benefit financially from more development; who is representing the interests of the people who live and work in the Liverpool City Region?

By Tracey Boileau