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Liverpool City Region LEP strengthens board

Seven new private sector members have been appointed to the Board of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to help drive the City Region’s economic growth over the next three years.

The new members are Prof Janet Beer, vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool; Paul Corcoran, MD Agent Marketing; Dr. Jon Hague, vice president Open Innovation, Unilever R&D; Laura O’Brien, VP & Site Head at Seqirus; John Syvret, CEO, Cammell Laird Group; Angela White, chief executive Sefton CVS, and Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports Group.

On the appointments, chair of the Liverpool City Region LEP, Asif Hamid MBE said: “I’m delighted to welcome our new members to the LEP Board. All seven new board members are leaders in their fields and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the LEP directly related to the LEP’s priorities.

“These appointments add to the outstanding Board members we already have in place and ensure we have an effective and diverse leadership that supports our continued work to drive economic growth. I look forward to working with them to deliver increased prosperity across the City Region.”

The LEP Board provides strategic insight and guidance to the Combined Authority on the economic challenges and opportunities facing the City Region.

Professor Janet Beer, vice-chancellor of the University of Liverpool, said: “I am delighted to join the Board of the Liverpool Enterprise Partnership.  The University’s success is linked to the Liverpool City Region and we make a significant economic and social contribution through our students, staff and investment in infrastructure. I look forward to ensuring that the University continues to be at the heart of the Liverpool City Region and plays a major role supporting its future performance and prospects.”

Paul Corcoran, MD of Agent Marketing said: “I’m really looking forward to joining the LEP Board, not only to represent the digital and creative community but also to reflect the aspirations and ambitions of small businesses across Liverpool City Region.

“Through devolution there are lots of opportunities to inspire and support businesses to start up and also importantly, scale up, and I am determined to do everything I can to position Liverpool City Region as a great place to do great business.”