New Directors to drive growth of Liverpool Chamber

Fri, October 26th, 2018

Liverpool Chamber of Commerce CIC has appointed three new board directors

Liverpool Chamber of Commerce CIC has appointed three new directors to join the Board to lead the strategic direction of the business. The appointments follow a recruitment programme carried out over the summer to identify specific expertise in client engagement, operational management and leadership and brings Board membership up to its full complement.

Sue Grindrod, CEO of Royal Albert Dock Liverpool, Liz Green, Senior Vice-President of International Cooperative and Mutual Insurance Federation (ICMIF) and Liam Jones, Founder of Foursquare Group will take up their responsibilities as non-executive directors of the Chamber immediately. They will join existing Board members, Caroline Kingsley, Alex McCann, Charles Oddly, Alan Durning, Chris Waine and Steve Myatt.

Neil Ashbridge, Chair of the Chamber, commented: “The appointment of our three new directors introduces a fresh dynamic to the Board, consistent with the wider changes we have implemented in the Chamber. Sue, Liz and Liam bring unique qualities and attributes which will both support and challenge the executive team to take the business forward in a way which not only reassures our members that the Chamber is operating responsibly but also provides strategic direction and support to meet the business aspirations of the city region.”

Responding to her appointment, Sue Grindrod said:

"The growth of the regional economy relies on the local business community working together, supporting each other, having its voice heard and the opportunity to influence policy-making at national level. Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce provides a platform for this to happen - and it is with great pleasure that I have been appointed to its Board.

"The Chamber has represented businesses in the city for more than 165 years. Likewise, Royal Albert Dock Liverpool celebrates its 175th anniversary in 2021 - and we are currently in the midst of an ambitious strategy that aims to future-proof the Dock for the needs of tomorrow's visitor. We welcome over 6 million people each year, and the continued prosperity of both the Dock and the wider waterfront depends on the growth of the city region around us - we cannot succeed in isolation. Through public and private sector partnership we can steer progress in our quest to raise the international profile of brand Liverpool and attract further investment into the region.”

Liz Green was equally enthusiastic about her role:

“Joining the governing body of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce is a genuine honour and a privilege. I have spent most of my working life in Liverpool and I believe passionately that one of the city’s core strengths is how businesses leverage their local network to deliver sustainable, relevant and vibrant organisations that inspire commerce locally, nationally and internationally.”

Liam Jones is looking forward to working with the leaders of tomorrow:

“I’m delighted and proud to join the board. I have been a Chamber member with the last three organisations I have been involved in and the Chamber has supported me in each of these roles - progressing from BDM to Director and now Founder of my own company. The city region is brimming with talented, enthusiastic, young business people and I hope to use my position on the board to ensure the Chamber continues to be the platform that inspires and enables the city’s future decision makers.”

Paul Cherpeau, CEO of the Chamber, added:

“Our new directors will provide a valuable role for both the scrutiny of our performance and our future strategy. We already have a strong team of directors who have demonstrated considerable willingness to support the objectives of the Chamber and to provide active and constructive leadership. The new additions to the Board will complement the team, benefiting the Chamber and its members and ensuring that we remain focussed on member representation, business services and international trade expertise, improving and refining our performance as we move forward.”

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