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Professor Janet Beer to help drive growth on LEP board

University of Liverpool vice-chancellor, Professor Janet Beer has joined the board of the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The academic leader, who is also chair of Knowledge Quarter Liverpool, will help to drive economic growth forward in the city region over the next three years.

Professor Beer is one of seven new private sector appointments, which were endorsed by the board yesterday (5 October) and bring a range of experience in the region’s key growth sectors, international investment, skills and the third sector.

On taking up the role she says: “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.”

Dr Jon Hague, vice president of open innovation at Unilever R&D; Mark Whitworth, chief executive of Peel Ports Group; and John Syvret, CEO of Cammell Laird Group are also among the new additions.

Liverpool City Region LEP chair, Asif Hamid MBE adds: “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.”

Laura O’Brien, VP and site head at Seqirus; Paul Corcoran, managing director of Agent Marketing; and Angela White, chief executive of Sefton CVS make up the seven new board members.