Deputy chair and equality and diversity champion appointed to Liverpool City Region LEP Board

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The Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board have appointed Paul Corcoran, CEO at Agent Marketing as Deputy Chair, and Elaine Bowker, principal of The City of Liverpool College as Equality and Diversity Champion.

Both appointments were made at the LEP Board meeting which took place on Thursday, 21 March.

Chair of the LEP Board, Asif Hamid MBE said of the appointments: “I am delighted that the board has agreed to appoint Paul as its Deputy Chair and Elaine as our Equality and Diversity Champion. Both Paul and Elaine have extensive experience and insight to be able to perform these roles on behalf of the LEP for the city region.”

Asif added: “I would like to congratulate both of them and I look forward to working with them to drive our economy forward.”

Paul joined the Board in 2017, he also co-chairs the creative and digital sub-board for the city region.

Commenting on his appointment, Paul said: “I’m exceptionally proud to have been voted in as deputy chair by my fellow LEP board members and look forward to providing a strong voice for the private sector, in particular for the small businesses operating in our city region.

“This is an extremely important time for Liverpool City Region and we must all do everything we can to make the most of the opportunities that are presenting themselves. As a small business owner, I know the challenges and opportunities that starting and scaling an enterprise here can bring. As such, I am 100 per cent dedicated to helping our business community achieve great things, whilst presenting our city region in the best possible way, not just for the benefit of businesses, but most importantly, for the people who live and work here.”

Elaine joined the Board in 2018 and is principal of the largest further education college in the Liverpool City Region.

Commenting on her appointment, Elaine said: “I’m delighted to take on the role of Equality and Diversity Champion on behalf of the LEP board. It’s incredibly important that we lead the way in championing equality and diversity, not just in the workplace and in boardrooms, but in all aspects of life across our city region. As a collective, we have a responsibility to continue to support, inspire and empower individuals to embrace opportunities and new challenges.

“I am wholeheartedly committed to this role and look forward to working closely with businesses, stakeholders and my fellow LEP board members, to help create a diverse and inclusive business base which will support our city region to thrive.”

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