11 July 2019


Innovation Agency Chief Executive Dr Liz Mear has joined the main board of Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

She is one of three new LEP main board members, appointed to help drive forward the city region economy. Liz’s role is as champion of the health and life sciences sector.

Also appointed are Laura Pye, Director of National Museums Liverpool, as visitor economy champion; and Mike Hulme, Director of Alstom Transport UK, as advanced manufacturing champion.

The LEP board provides strategic insight and guidance to the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority on the economic challenges and opportunities facing the region, and each board member provides expertise in their field to help drive forward a key growth sector.

Dr Liz Mear said: “The health and life sciences industries are a major employer in our region and contribute massively to the region’s economy.  I’m delighted to have been appointed as their representative for the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board and look forward to collaborating with colleagues from other sectors of the economy to increase investment and visibility across the region.”

Chair of the Liverpool City Region LEP, Asif Hamid MBE, said: “We have had incredibly strong interest in these positions which allowed us to appoint really high calibre individuals who each have their own area of expertise and bring a wealth of experience. I am delighted that eight of these appointments are women demonstrating the quality of female leadership we have in our city region. We know that increasing diversity on boards brings huge benefits for organisations and I look forward to working alongside these new board members.”

At the same time, to meet the requirements from a national LEP review, the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (CA) and local authorities agreed that the three public sector representatives who will sit on the

 board are the Metro Mayor – Steve Rotheram, the CA Portfolio Lead for Skills and Education – Mayor Joe Anderson, and the Combined Authority Portfolio Lead for Inclusive Economy and the Third Sector – Cllr Pat Hackett.

The new ‘Making It’ Board members are:

  • Madina Barker, Managing Director of CNC Robotics
  • Alan Norbury, the Chief Technology Officer of Siemens UK
  • Rowan Egan, the Chief Executive of the Northern Automotive Alliance (representing the automotive sector in the North of England)
  • Dr Rebecca Chandy of Hope University Management School
  • Michelle Dow, the Managing Director of All About STEM (an organisation specialising in STEM engagement for schools)

The new members of the Health and Life Sciences Board are:

  • Richard Ryrie, Consultant Scientist, Elanco Animal Health
  • Dr Liz Bishop, Chief Executive, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
  • Hayley Citrine, Chief Executive, The Walton Centre

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