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Sir David Henshaw, Chair

David Henshaw

Born and educated in Liverpool, Sir David went on to obtain a degree in Public Administration and then a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham (INLOGOV).

He has had an extensive career in the public sector with Chief Executive roles at Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (1989-1999) and Liverpool City Council (1999-2006). During his time at Liverpool he was part of the core team which secured the successful bid to be European Capital of Culture 2008, managed the Council in developing Liverpool One, and saw Liverpool recognised as Council of the year. 

He led a major review of Child Support and the Child Support Agency for central government (2006-2007) and was also involved in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit Capability Review programme of central government departments. 

Sir David has also held a number of senior roles in the NHS.  He has held positions as Interim Chair at University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (2012-2013), at Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust (2013-2014), at St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (since 2016). Sir David was Chair of the North West Strategic Health Authority (2006-2011) and has been Chair of Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust since 2010, leading the Board in the building of the new hospital.  He was knighted in 2004 and is an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University, a Fellow of Liverpool University, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Honorary Doctor at Sheffield Hallam University.


Carmel Booth

Carmel Booth

Carmel is a Partner at Calderstones Consulting specialising in providing strategic, financial and commercial advice to a wide range of corporate and public sector clients. With a focus on large scale infrastructure, transport and regeneration projects, Carmel has advised on several high profile developments including the 2012 London Olympic Games, High Speed Rail, major transport and regeneration programmes across London and the North of England, major sports and events venues throughout the UK, the Northern Powerhouse and wider devolution agenda.

Carmel qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Deloitte and was a partner at Amion Consulting and at KPMG, where she gained a breadth of experience in due diligence, corporate finance and consulting.  She has advised on major national and international transactions including post-merger integration and transformational change advice.  She regularly provides advice to Governments on transformational change,  infrastructure, strategic finance and the growth agenda. 

She lives in Liverpool with her husband and two children and is proud to have played a supporting role in some of the City Region’s major developments including the new Port of Liverpool, the Liverpool Echo Arena, the development of the waterfront including the new Museum of Liverpool, Sci-Tech Daresbury, and the Mersey Gateway Bridge.  Carmel is also a Board member of the University of Liverpool, Atlantic Gateway, and the Knowsley Place Board.

James Chapman

James Chapman

James Chapman is a chartered architect and urban designer with more than 40 years experience working on a wide range of projects. He established an independent consultancy in 2006 and focuses on advising clients on the delivery of complex projects.

In Liverpool he advised the City on the design of Liverpool One and is currently working with The Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust on the design of the healthcare campus and is advising Great Ormond Street Children’s hospital on the design of the proposed new frontage building.

He is a visiting Professor at Manchester School of Architecture and a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects for design competitions, a Built Environment Expert for the Design Council and the design panel for Architecture and Design Scotland.

Sarah Dean


Sarah Dean is Head of Tax and Investments at the Grosvenor Estate Family Office, where she leads provision of effective tax, investments and governance services. Sarah is also responsible for leading examination of organisational risk at the Grosvenor Estate, and Chairs the Family Office Risk Committee.

Educated in Wirral, Sarah studied for her degree at Manchester University Business School. Joining PwC in 1999, Sarah qualified as a Chartered Tax Advisor and gained a breadth of experience in advising clients in individual, corporate and international taxation, primarily in the consumer and industrial products sector.

Sarah is an alumnus of the Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland and an Affiliate member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Involved in volunteering, in various capacities, for over fifteen years, Sarah is presently Chair of Governors at a Chester primary school. Sarah lives in rural North Wales with her husband and three children. 

David Fleming


David Fleming is the Chief Technology Officer at Mitigo, a cyber security company based in the North West. He spent the majority of the past decade at the heart of the digital transformation of UK Banking. As Head of Digital Banking at the Lloyds Banking Group he grew their digital customer base to over 10 million active users whilst defining the transformation roadmap for Lloyds, Halifax and Bank of Scotland brands. He was also accountable for the re-launch of the TSB digital bank, when it was floated out of the group 2012.

In 2014 David moved to be part of the turnaround team at the Co-operative Bank as Digital Director and Transformation & Strategy Director. He lives in Cheshire with wife Sarah and their 3 children.

Heather Lauder

Heather Lauder

Heather Lauder was born and raised in Liverpool and has spent the last 31 years working within Financial Services. She has sat on two Bank Executive Boards and is currently the Chief Operating Director at the Co operative Bank, accountable for over 2,400 colleagues across 15 businesses, including Digital, Customer Contact Centres, Branch Network, Operations, Fraud, Payments and Complaints

Heather has latterly specialised in large scale bank transformations / turnarounds, with specific focus on cost reduction and revenue generation. Heather cares deeply about delivering results for customers and developing her team.

Heather has been a member of the Board of Trustees of National Museums Liverpool since 2016, chairing the Audit committee and bringing considerable P&L experience. 

Andrew McCluskey

Andy McCluskey is a founder member, lead singer and songwriter in the successful musical group Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. He has achieved 60 global gold and platinum album and single awards and has three Ivor Novello Award nominations.  The group's music has been featured on several major film soundtrack recordings including Ex Machina, Pretty in Pink and Waltz with Bashir. 

OMD continue to play live at major global music concerts, headlining the 2015 UK/Mexican Dual Year festival in Guadalajara, Rewind, Let's Rock, and Munich City festivals. The band completed a 70 date sell out tour of UK, Europe and North America in April this year. In February 2015 they band performed at the Dresden Peace Prize awards on the 70th anniversary of the bombing of that city where Andy delivered a speech outlining how music had helped to heal the wounds of history and build bonds of tolerance and understanding.

OMD have sold in excess of 15 million albums and 25 million singles. The most recent Punishment of Luxury album reached number 4 in the UK chart.

Andy has also performed with The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in Liverpool, at the Liverpool Night as part of the 2010 Shanghai Expo, and will again in October 2018 as part of OMD's 40th anniversary celebration.

He is a frequent contributor to, and reviewer for, BBC Radio 4 Front Row Programme and regular interviewee and commentator for television documentaries, books, and radio programmes on musical history and popular culture.

His song Enola Gay was selected to feature in the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. 

Philip Price

Philip is a leading figure within the North West investment community. He is an owner director of Dow Schofield Watts, a prominent corporate finance advisory business in the North of England. For over 20 years Philip has provided specialist corporate finance advice to growing businesses across a broad range of clients and sectors.

He has advised both private and public organisations on an array of transactions including significant fundraising, corporate mergers and acquisitions together with the delivery of key strategic guidance; this extends to the management and development of investments held under an associated private equity fund, PHD Equity Partners.

Philip is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) having trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in Liverpool. He worked across KPMG’s Liverpool and Manchester offices for 10 years prior to joining Dow Schofield Watts. He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. Philip has been based in Liverpool since 1990 when he came to study at John Moores University. He now lives in the Woolton area of Liverpool with his wife and three young children

Ian Rosenblatt OBE

Ian Rosenblatt

Ian Rosenblatt is a solicitor. He is the Founder and Senior Partner of Rosenblatt, a Law Firm in the City of London as well as being the co-Founder of Redleaf Communications Ltd an award winning financial public relations agency.

Apart from his business interests Ian founded the Rosenblatt Recital Series , an internationally recognised vocal recital series. After some 200 concerts, numerous Sky Arts broadcasts  and 12  CD recordings on the Royal Opera House label the Series finished in June 2017 after 18 years. Ian also promoted the Branscombe Festival, a music Festival in Devon. Ian is a Trustee of the Susan Chilcott Scholarship which gives bursaries to young opera singers and was the benefactor of the Rosenblatt Song Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He is also a former Trustee and Council member of the Royal Philharmonic Society.

Les Aldrich, the North London music shop famous for selling Ray Davies his first guitar was rescued from closure by Ian some 5 years ago.

Ian is a Patron of the Barbican Centre ( where his wife is Chair of Trustees), a benefactor to the South Bank an RNIB Ambassador as well as a Trustee of the Ronson Family Foundation and the Community Security Trust

Ian was awarded an OBE in the 2016 Birthday Honours List for philanthropic services to music

Max Steinberg

Max Steinberg was appointed Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision in July 2010.

Max began his career at Liverpool City Council in 1975 before moving to the Housing Corporation where he spent 25 years working in all aspects of housing, eventually becoming Director of Investment and Regeneration North before becoming Chief Executive of Elevate East Lancashire in 2003.  In 2009 he became Chief Executive of Regenerate Pennine Lancashire Ltd, one of the largest Economic Development Companies in the UK.

On joining Liverpool Vision, Max oversaw Liverpool’s award winning six-month participation in the World EXPO Shanghai 2010, a six-month global event based around the theme of ‘better city, better life’ which culminated in the Liverpool Gala Day on 16 October 2010.

Under his leadership Liverpool Vision has been responsible for hosting the Global Entrepreneurship Congress 2012. The week-long congress showcased the city’s economic ambition and is widely regarded as the most successful GEC event to date, welcoming several thousand delegates from 125 countries. Max has also overseen the enhancement of Liverpool Vision’s business growth service, expansion of Liverpool Vision’s work in key international markets and the creation of Marketing Liverpool.

Max was instrumental in securing the first International Festival for Business 2014 which was held in Liverpool and had overall responsibility for the organisation and delivery of the Festival.   He was Chair of the Festival and Executive Steering Group in 2014 and 2016.  The scale and reach of the IFB has secured domestic sales and exports (circa £600m+) which have far exceeded the targets set.  Max is now chairing the 2018 Festival.

Max was awarded the OBE in 1997 for services to Housing and Regeneration on Merseyside, and was on the Board of Liverpool John Moores University European Institute of Urban Affairs from 1992 and was its chairman until 2013. He is Chair of the Riverside Housing Group and was a non-executive director of Kensington Regeneration from 2003-2006. He was also awarded a Senior Fellowship at Liverpool Hope University in 2011.

Max was appointed Chairman of the Roy Castle Foundation in August 2015 and has recently become a Board Member of the following:  The Advisory Board for International Business and Diplomatic Exchange (IBDE), the Great Exhibition in the North and Shakespeare in the North.

In June 2013 Max was awarded the CBE for services to Business and the Community in the Birthday Honours List.

Virginia Tandy

Virginia Tandy
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Virginia Tandy OBE has a wealth of experience in strategic cultural development and delivery and has held Director level posts both in local government and in the independent sector.

Currently a postgraduate researcher in heritage policy and politics at the University of Manchester, she also works as an arts and heritage consultant and as an adviser to charitable foundations.

She is the chair of the NW creative and cultural education charity, Curious Minds, a member of the Fabric Advisory Committee for St Paul’s Cathedral and recently completed a term as a trustee of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Dr Nicola Thorp

Nicola Thorp

Nicola was appointed as consultant in clinical oncology at the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in 2001 and Associate Medical Director in 2010. She specialises in breast cancer and paediatric radiotherapy with research interests in breast radiotherapy and paediatric brain tumours.

Nicola was the national chair of the Children's Cancer and Leukaemia Group (CCLG) Radiotherapy Group to 2013 and appointed to the executive of the CCLG in 2013. She is currently chair of the CCLG Brain Tumour Group. She is a member of the National Proton Panel and sits on the Faculty of the Royal College of Radiologists.

She was a member of the board of governors of the Belvedere Junior School between 2008 and 2010, holding the post of acting chair in the latter part of this period. Nicola now lives in Oxton with her husband and three children. 

Trustee minutes

 Declaration of interests