Liverpool Vision, the city's economic development company, has made two appointments to its board.
Jon Corner, co-founder of River Media, a creative production company in Liverpool, and Tim Slack, founding director of Appreciating People, an organisation development company, have joined Vision chairman Mike Parker and ten others to help guide and enable the future economic development of the city.
Corner has been either a creative director or creative collaborator in regional initiatives including Liverpool's status as European Capital of Culture and World Heritage waterfront and Salford's bid for Media City UK.
He has worked in the music, television and film industries for more than 20 years and has been awarded for excellence in post-production techniques by Sony.
Corner has also lectured extensively on global trends in digital technologies and their impact on how we live and learn and has been a long-standing advocate of the creativity agenda in teaching and learning.
Slack founded Appreciating People in 2006 and specialises in strength based whole system approaches to organisation development in the public sector and third sectors. The company's clients include the Department of Health, Liverpool Culture Company and the Liverpool Diocese.
He was previously a research and development director for the city region's Groundwork Trust and chief executive for a regeneration company in Leicester. Slack is also chair of the Liverpool Federation of Small Business. He is committed to the importance of the small business and in particular to the contribution of social enterprise to the economic growth of the city.
Mike Parker said: "At the launch of Liverpool Vision's Prospectus in which we outlined our vision for the future prosperity of the city, I said that areas of future focus for the company would include giving greater encouragement to this city's incredible entrepreneurial spirit and increased support to growing economic sectors.
"By appointing Jon Corner and Tim Slack to the board we are strengthening our commitment to the creative and digital sectors and to small business.
"Jon and Tim are both experts in their fields, highly regarded by their peers and two outstanding business leaders and I know they will add real value to the Liverpool Vision board which is already of high quality and very effective."
Corner and Slack will join five other private sector board members including:
- David Bundred, chairman at Business Angel Investments
- John Kelly, senior executive at KPMG
- Jeanette Kehoe-Perkinson, managing director for Just for People
- Tony Wilson, senior partner at Hill Dickinson
- Sir Terry Leahy, chief executive of Tesco
The remainder of the board is completed by Deborah McLaughlin, North West regional director for Homes & Communities Agency, Steve Broomhead, chief executive of North West Development Agency, Cllr Warren Bradley, leader of Liverpool City Council, Cllr Mike Storey, and Cllr Joe Anderson.
Parker added: "There was an excellent response to our advertisement and a very significant number of high calibre candidates, but I am convinced that we have selected two people who will not only be able to help us drive the city's economic performance upward, but will be able to work effectively with the Liverpool Vision executive management team."