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Private sector leadership for Greater Manchester.

Our vision for Greater Manchester is that by 2020, the city region will have pioneered a new model for sustainable economic growth.

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The GMLEP is at the heart of the conurbation’s public and private sector partnerships. Our collective priorities – as outlined below - will help to ensure continued success;

  • Reform: Worklessness and Skills
  • Supporting business
  • Creating Conditions for Growth
  • Public sector reform

THE LEP BOARD

Meet the people that bring so much to the table

Mike Blackburn (Chairman)

Regional Director, BT

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Mike has been in BT since 1992. His current role is that of vice president, strategy & planning for BT Global Government. He lives in the North West and has been BT’s regional director for the North West since 2007. Mike is a trustee of the Lowry Theatre, Salford, NYAS, is Chair of governors at the Communication Academy in Harpurheyand sits on the North West advisory board for the Prince of Wales charity, Business in the Community. ...
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Mike Blackburn (Chairman)

Regional Director, BT

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Mike has been in BT since 1992. His current role is that of vice president, strategy & planning for BT Global Government. He lives in the North West and has been BT’s regional director for the North West since 2007. Mike is a trustee of the Lowry Theatre, Salford, NYAS, is Chair of governors at the Communication Academy in Harpurheyand sits on the North West advisory board for the Prince of Wales charity, Business in the Community.

Mike Blackburn (Chairman)

Regional Director, BT
Mike has been in BT since 1992. His current role is that of vice president, strategy & planning for BT Global Government. He lives in the North West and has been BT’s regional director for the North West since 2007. Mike is a trustee of the Lowry Theatre, Salford, NYAS, is Chair of governors at the Communication Academy in Harpurheyand sits on the North West advisory board for the Prince of Wales charity, Business in the Community....
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Councillor Sean Anstee

Leader, Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council
Sean is the Executive Member for Reshaping Trafford and Leader of Trafford Council having been first elected to represent Bowdon Ward in May 2008. In addition to Council responsibilities, he is the Trafford representative and a Vice Chairman of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority where he holds the lead portfolio for Skills, Employment and Worklessness. Sean is also a Member of the Board of the Manchester Growth Company and the Skills and Employment Partnership. He serves as a Non-Executive Director of Trafford Housing Trust and sits on the North West Regional Leaders Board. Sean holds a BA (Hons) in Business Management, with a particular interest in Corporate & Global...
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David Birch

Director, McKinsey and Company
David is a Director (Senior Partner) in the London Office of McKinsey and Company, a global management consulting firm. David re-joined McKinsey in 1995, having spent two years in the late 80s in a business analyst role; he elected Partner in 2002 and Senior Partner in 2009. David’s main work is in the area of operations and performance improvement: he has served clients across many sectors of the economy on the design and implementation of large scale, front-line change programmes. These programmes deploy latest methods around lean, six-sigma and continuous improvement, but David’s real focus and passion is on delivering sustainable change and improvement at scale across very large...
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Lou Cordwell

CEO, magneticNorth
Board Member, Greater Manchester LEP Lou started her career working for a number of large multinational ad agencies including JWT before founding digital design company magneticNorth in the Summer of 2000. Since then she has led the business from its original team of four to a now internationally renowned business and brand with a multi-award winning portfolio of work and a blue chip client list that includes BBC, Google, Channel 4 and The Cooperative Group. Lou is working as a creative advisor to NOMA on the development of their digital strategy. Lou also has a number of prestigious business awards to her name including IoD’s 'Manchester Young Director of the Year’ and in 2010...
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Councillor Sue Derbyshire

Leader, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Councillor Sue Derbyshire is the Leader of Stockport Council. Sue was first elected onto the Council in 1999 and has represented Manor Ward since then. Sue was appointed Deputy Leader of the Council in 2007, and has held portfolio responsibilities in Transportation, Regeneration, Infrastructure, Communities, and Finance. Sue taught in further education in Manchester for over 30 years, and is now a governor on Stockport College and a member of the Greater Manchester Skills and Employment Partnership. Sue has two children and when not involved in political work her main relaxation is science fiction and fantasy fiction in most forms. ...
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Scott Fletcher

Chairman, ANS Group
Scott Fletcher is one the country’s leading entrepreneurs, heading up companies with a total valuation in excess of £100m. Scott founded what is now his largest business, ANS Group, from his back bedroom in 1996 at the young age of 22. Scott has been possessed by an entrepreneurial drive from his earliest years, as a teenager he was selling cockles and whelks in the pubs of East Manchester. As a child actor he appeared in several programmes, most notably Gruey and Jossy’s Giants. Scott has maintained a strong connection with his working class roots and he is known for his frank and candid approach to life. His approach has driven ANS’ impressive growth, with turnover...
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Keith Johnston

Partner, Addleshaw Goddard
Keith qualified as a Solicitor in 1976 and, since 1981, has been a Partner of Addleshaw Goddard (and its legacy firms). He was (until April 2011) a member of the firm's Governance Board and Chair of the firm's Professional Practice and Risk Committee and is Head of the firm's North West market. He is also a member of the firm's Middle East "desk" which develops the firm's links and relationships with the Middle East (including, in particular, the GCC countries). His practice as a lawyer is in the corporate finance field focussing on a broad range of transaction, advisory and project work for quoted companies, international entities and owner-managed businesses and includes ...
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Wayne Jones

Cheif Executive, MAN PimeServ Diesel
Wayne Jones was born in Manchester in 1966 and graduated with an Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1992. Prior to his Academic qualification he completed a 4 year Apprenticeship in Mechanical Engineering which later inspired some of his Corporate and Social Responsibility philosophies. He has been employed in the Service Industry for more than 25 years, holding various positions in Sales, Project Management and R&D and during his career he has resided in Norway, UAE and Oman. He joined the MAN Group in 2005 to head the UK Service business before becoming Managing Director in October of the same year. Wayne led a major restructuring programme turning the Company from...
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Councillor Sir Richard Leese CBE

Leader, Manchester City Council
Richard was born and brought up in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. After graduating from the University of Warwick, he worked as a teacher in Coventry and as an exchange teacher in the USA before moving to Manchester to take up a post as a youth worker. Employed variously in youth work, community work, and education research from 1979-1988, he was elected to Manchester City Council in 1984. He was deputy leader from 1990 to 1996, having previously chaired the Education Committee (1986-90) and Finance Committee (1990-95). Political interests include the links between economic development and social policy, developing open democracy and the community leadership role of local authorities;...
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Juergen Maier

Managing Director - Industry Sector UK & Ireland, Siemens
Juergen Maier is a member of the Siemens UK Executive Management Board and the Managing Director of Siemens UK and Ireland Industry Sector, a leading global supplier of industrial plant and software, manufacturing automation and drive technologies to industrial customers across the UK. In the UK this activity represents a business volume of around £500 million and employs around 2,000 people. Prior to taking up this role in October 2008, Juergen held a number of senior roles within Siemens in the UK and Germany including two Divisional Managing Director roles and Manufacturing Director of the award winning Drives Factory in Congleton, Cheshire. Juergen joined Siemens in 1986 after...
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Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

President & Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester
Nancy obtained a first class degree in physiology in 1976, a PhD in 1978 and a DSc in 1987 from the University of London. Her early research identified mechanisms of energy balance regulation, obesity and cachexia. In 1984 she was awarded a Royal Society Research Fellowship and relocated to Manchester in 1987. Nancy was awarded a chair in physiology in 1994, then a prestigious Medical Research Council, research chair in 1998. Her current research focuses on the role of inflammation in brain disease and has identified the role of the cytokine interleukin-1 (IL-1) in diverse forms of brain injury. Her recent studies have begun to elucidate the mechanisms regulating IL-1 release and...
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Tony Lloyd

Interim Mayor of Greater Manchester
Tony was selected as Greater Manchester’s interim mayor in 2015 and will fulfil the post until June 2017, when the public will vote for the region's first elected mayor. He was born in Stretford in 1950 and attended local schools in Stretford and Old Trafford before studying Mathematics at the University of Nottingham and Business Administration at Manchester Business School. He taught at Salford University in the Department of Business and in 1979 Tony was elected to Trafford Council where he served until 1984, and was sometime Deputy Leader of the Labour Group. Tony was elected to Parliament in 1983 for the Stretford constituency and following significant boundary changes in 1997,...
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Michael Oglesby

Chairman, Bruntwood
Michael founded the Bruntwood group of companies in 1976. At the beginning of 2000, he gave up the role of CEO to become Chairman and his son, Chris, took over the day-to-day running of the company. Michael today devotes the majority of his time to an extensive range of civic, arts and charitable activities. Michael is Chairman of a number of Boards and Committees including the Steering Board for the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, Business Growth Hub, and MIDAS - the inward investment organisation for Greater Manchester. Michael is a Feoffee of Chetham’s School of Music, as well as leading the team responsible for building the new School of Music. In addition he sits, on the...
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Richard Topliss

Regional Managing Director, RBS
Richard has been based in the North West since 2000, originally running the corporate and commercial banking division of RBS in North Lancashire and Cumbria. He has more than three decades worth of experience in corporate banking and is responsible for a team of 328 staff, looking after businesses with turnover in excess of £2m across the North of England and North Wales. In his role at RBS, Richard is a member of the National Leadership team and chair of the Regional Management team for the North, working closely with the North West’s Local Enterprise Partnerships. He has experience working directly with the public sector and local authorities such as Manchester City Council, with...
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