Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are appointed to oversee the operations of the Chamber. They undertake their roles voluntarily and are not entitled to receive a dividend for their work. The roles of Chair, Vice-Chair and Deputy Vice-Chair are approved by the Members Council on an annual basis.

  • Neil Ashbridge

    Chair

    Neil was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire and was brought up and educated in Liverpool, joining the Bank of England Liverpool branch in 1973 before moving to Threadneedle Street, London, in 1976 to undertake a range of positions covering banking and market operations and international monetary institutions.

    Neil returned to Liverpool in 1992 as an Assistant Agent before becoming Deputy Agent in the North West 2001and Agent for Wales in 2009.He also held numerous director positions including at Glyndwr University, Wales Industrial Development Board, University of Liverpool Management School, Professional Liverpool and West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce.

    Neil was elected as Chair of the Chamber of Commerce in December 2016.

  • Caroline Kingsley

    Vice Chair

    Caroline Kingsley has spent her entire career within property and engineering, initially working as a Surveyor for the likes of EC Harris and GVA, before moving into recruitment.

    She is Managing Director of Kingsley Associates, a specialist recruitment business, operating within the legal, property and engineering sectors, which is based in the heart of the commercial district. Caroline also specialises in mergers and acquisitions and has recently completed a number of transactions for clients within the property arena.

    She is passionate about the city and all it has to offer and contributes via her membership of the Board of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.

    She lives in Southport, with her husband Andrew and two young children, and would love to count golf and tennis amongst her hobbies, but simply does not have the hours in the day!

  • Alex McCann

    Alex is a Partner at Hill Dickinson LLP and joined the board as a co-opted member in the Autumn of 2016, becoming a non-executive director at the Chamber's AGM in December 2016 (further biography to follow). 

  • Charles Oddy

    Charles joined the board of the Chamber in the Autumn of 2016 and was elected as a non-executive director at the Chamber's AGM in December 2016.

    Charles is an alternative investment and enterprise risk management professional with 20 years’ experience within hedge funds, asset management, derivatives and early stage investments. In addition to capital markets, he has maintained a passion for entrepreneurial environments which has led him to be involved in angel investing, business mentoring and micro granting for start-ups.

     

    Charles holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM) professional designations. Additionally, Charles holds a BSc. (Hons) in Mathmatics and Statistics from Edinburgh University and a Masters in International Banking, Economics and Finance from Liverpool John Moore University. 

  • Allan J. Durning

    Allan Durning is an independent consultant on the Building Materials space and founder of the Timber Buying Group; previously he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Independent UK Building Material Supplier, National Buying Group. Previously Mr. Durning was the Director of Sales and Marketing of British Gypsum Isover, a UK based firm owned by Saint Gobain, providing Glasswool Insulation and was the Director of Builder Center Bulk, the major contractor and house builder division of Wolseley. He has over 30 years of experience in distribution and manufacturing of building materials. He has extensive experience in operations, marketing and sales. He has also spent a period in the Middle East working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    Allan is a Chartered Marketer of the Institute of Marketing, Fellow of both CIM and CMI. He is the current President of the Institute of Builders Merchants and is a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants (WCBM). Non-executive Director at Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce, Allan holds a BSc. (Hons) Politics and Government from the Open University and an MBA from the University of Northampton.

  • Chris Waine

    Chris is a Director with the global design and consultancy business Arcadis. Arcadis have a large presence in the North West with over 500 staff working with clients from various sectors such as Liverpool Football Club, Jaguar Land Rover, Manchester Airport Group and Network Rail.

    Chris is based in Liverpool and he is currently responsible for over 70 staff operating across Northern England and Northern Ireland, providing built asset related professional services to clients in the education, residential, healthcare and local government sectors.

    Chris went to Liverpool John Moores University and gained a BSc (Hons) degree in Quantity Surveying, before becoming a Chartered Quantity Surveyor through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2006. He is a Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) qualified Programme Manager and has been involved in a number of transformational programmes of work. Over the last 10 years, Chris has also spent time at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School undertaking further research and study around project and programme management.

    Chris was born and raised in Prescot, Merseyside and currently resides in South Liverpool with his wife Katharine. He is a keen football fan and season ticket holder at Everton.

  • Steve Myatt

    Steve Myatt is the Managing Director of Kiwiosity, a company specialising in the supply of a range of innovative and environmentally-positive products for the Garden, Leisure and Retail markets. In addition Steve has over 30 years experience at Senior level as professional retailer, Event Manager, product sourcing, import and export, and roles in corporate governance. For the last 9 years Steve has been working as a consultant to UK and International manufacturing and retail businesses. Steve is also a past UK Garden Centre Association Chairman. He has been a mentor for the Making it Happen Business Development programme for Retail businesses for 6 years, enabling Garden Centres, Nursery owners, and senior managers, to make a real financial difference to their businesses. 

  • Liz Green

    Since 2012 I have worked as Senior Vice President, reporting to the CEO, of global membership-based federation, the International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF).

    Mutuals account for 27% of the global insurance market and ICMIF represents this sector via knowledge brokering; networking and influence work.

    Working with C-suite executives my role is to broker strategic knowledge and experience between our 216-strong member organisations and, as necessary, form formal or informal networks using virtual and traditional face to face interventions.

    Our members range from tiny micro-insurers in Malaysia to one of the largest insurers in the world in Japan. Via ICMIF, these values-based/purpose-led organisations learn from each other, share knowledge and support each other in times of difficulty. Their cooperative behaviour is a point of difference for them and is successfully integrated into their brand propositions.

    In addition to executive level member engagement, I also head up the business development and marketing function. Business development is one of my strongest capabilities. I enjoy networking and relationship-building comes naturally to me.

    I am a regular key note speaker at conferences all over the world and in 2015 gave the opening speech at a regulatory conference in Shanghai, organised by the Chinese regulator, CIRC and in 2016 was a key note speaker at the Asia and Oceania Association’s annual conference in Tokyo.

    Before I joined ICMIF, most of my career was spent working in Liverpool where I worked as a senior communications adviser within the UK life insurance sector – namely at Royal Liver Assurance and Swiss Life. I also worked at number of PR consultancies. As a student I attended Liverpool John Moores University and achieved a first-class Honours Degree in Business and Consumer Studies.

    I am a qualified Neuro Linguistic Programming Coach and am currently working towards a Level 7 qualification in Executive Coaching and Mentoring. I live on the Wirral with my husband, Richard and two children, Charlotte (12 years old) and Daniel (16 years old).

    During the last decade I have volunteered as a Governor at a Primary and Secondary School.

  • Liam Jones

    Liam is a Chartered Manager who joined the board in August 2018 after being a pro-active member of the Chamber for a number of years.

    His professional career started in the Builders Merchant Industry in 2007 when he was accepted onto a coveted two-year management trainee programme with national merchant, Jewson Ltd.

    On successful completion, he went on to spend a further three years working in the organisation as Assistant Branch Manager and Temporary Cover Branch Manager.

    Since 2012, he has been operating within the health and safety industry, providing training and consultancy to leaders within the city and working on a number of Merseyside’s key projects.

    Liam has now founded health and safety and facilities start-up, Foursquare Group Ltd - a company which aims to innovatively tackle business challenges in both industries through a combined service.

  • Sue Grindrod

    As Chief Executive of Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, Sue Grindrod is responsible for the strategic development and management of this iconic waterfront destination and is leading its next phase of evolution. Her most recent achievement was in June 2018, when Sue secured the prestigious Royal title for the Dock, granted by Her Majesty The Queen in recognition of the pivotal role the Dock continues to play in the fortunes of Liverpool.

    "It marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the Dock's history, highlighting the important role heritage tourism can play within the city and city region context, and firmly repositioning the Dock on the international stage." - Sue Grindrod, on new Royal status

    Royal status comes as part of the Dock's 175 strategy (which Sue and her team launched in 2016), which prepares for a year of celebration in 2021 - 175 years since the Dock was officially opened by Albert, Prince Consort in 1846. The next three years aim to assert the Dock’s position as a world-class, leisure destination for the visitors of the future, and a heritage asset that needs to be preserved and protected for future generations. Receiving Royal status not only marks a monumental milestone but endorses this ambitious vision.