Members Directory


Juergen Maier

Siemens Chief Executive and NWBLT Chairman

Juergen was appointed Chief Executive on 1 July 2014. He has been a member of the Siemens UK Executive Board since 2008, and held senior roles within Siemens in the UK and Germany including Managing Director of Industrial activities for the UK and Manufacturing Director of the award-winning Drives factory in Congleton. Juergen is Chairman of the North West Business Leadership Team and a board member of Greater Manchester LEP.

Company Details

Siemens is one of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, and is No. 1 in off shore wind turbine construction.


Christopher Gray

Managing Director - EALA Health & Public Services Analytics

Chris’s work focuses on how advanced analytics are helping to transform the way Health & Public Service agencies work. Whether that is reducing tax evasion, getting people back into work, making streets safer, or improving hospital operations to drive outcomes that matter in the lives of citizens.

Company Details

Accenture solves its clients’ toughest challenges by providing unmatched services in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations.

Addleshaw Goddard

Malcolm Pike

Head of Manchester Officer

Nationally and internationally recognised expert in Employment law and Board level advisor to many FTSE listed and other large companies. He is a partner and Head of the Manchester office at Addleshaw Goddard, a £190 million turnover corporate/commercial law firm with offices in the United Kingdom, Asia and the Middle East.

Company Details

Addleshaw Goddard is a corporate law firm known for strong client relationships, built on successful delivery across national and international markets.


Keith Rudd


A civil engineer with over 40 years experience Keith leads a working group for the Network Rail Commercial Directors Forum and is a member of the North West Association of Consulting Engineers.

Company Details

Arup are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services.


Philip Hoare

UK & Europe CEO

Company Details

Atkins is one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies.

BAE Systems

Jackie Arnold MBE

Head of Strategy

With a strong track record in corporate finance, Jackie is responsible for strategy and skills at BAE Systems Submarines. She is Vice-Chair of Cumbria LEP and Chairs the Furness Economic Development Forum. A native Cumbrian, Jackie has a passionate belief in the area and a desire to ensure the future growth of the Cumbria business economy, opening up new opportunities.  Jackie was awarded an MBE in 2016.

Company Details

BAE Systems are a premier international technology defence, aerospace and security company.


Richard Carter

Managing Director

Richard is Vice President, now in charge of BASF’s UK/Ireland Unit, and Managing Director of BASF companies in the UK and Ireland. He was born in Yorkshire, but until now has spent all of his 31-year career in the chemical industry outside the UK. Richard leads the NWBLT’s Productivity Task Force.

Company Details

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future and combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility.

Baxi Heating

David Pinder


David joined BDR Thermea Group in September 2012 in the position of CEO of Baxi Heating UK Ltd, having previously worked as Managing Director of Pilkington Glass UK Ltd. David is a former Vice-Chairman of the CPA and has worked in the sector for over 30 years gaining experience in management and supervisory board roles in the UK and in Europe. As a member of CISAC he contributed towards the development of Construction 2025, the industrial strategy for construction. David leads the NWBLT Science Task Force.

Company Details

Baxi Heating is a part of BDR Thermea, one of Europe’s largest manufacturers and distributors of domestic and commercial water and space heating systems.


Kevin Crotty

Chief Financial Officer

Chartered Accountant Kevin joined Bruntwood from Deloitte in 2002 and joined the board in 2007. He has raised over £1.5bn of finance including a £440m securitisation in 2007 and the first ever listed retail bond issued by a private property company in 2013.

Company Details

Bruntwood is a family-owned property company offering office space, serviced offices, retail space and virtual offices in the north of England and Birmingham.


Mike Blackburn OBE

NW Regional Director

Mike lives in the North West and has been BT’s Regional Director for the region since 2007. This role leads the NW board and aims to put BT at the heart of local communities. The board works to better understand and respond to the needs of local people and business, and to promote the NW inside BT. He is also chair of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership and leads the NWBLT Transport Task Force.

Company Details

BT is one of the world’s leading communications services companies, serving the needs of customers in the UK and in 180 countries worldwide.

Dewhurst Torevell & Co Ltd

Alan Torevell


Company Chairman and major shareholder at both Dewhurst Torevell & Co Ltd (independent wealth managers) and Eldercare UK Ltd which provides monitoring and organisation of social alarm and telecare services throughout the UK. He is also Chairman of Northern Tidal Power Gateways.

Company Details

Dewhurst Torevell was established in 1997 and provides active independent advice to high net worth individuals.

DLA Piper

Liam Cowell

Office Managing Partner

Liam is Office Managing Partner for the NW and a Partner in the Finance & Projects Group. Liam works on major infrastructure projects and advises procuring authorities, sponsors, funders and key supply chain members on PPP and project finance transactions. His work spans transport, social infrastructure, waste management and treatment projects and urban regeneration. Locally, Liam advised Halton Council on the procurement of the design, build, finance and operation, including tolling, of the Mersey Gateway Project.

Company Details

DLA Piper is a global law firm located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with the legal and business solutions. We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients.

Electricity North West

Peter Emery

Chief Executive Officer

Pete joined Electricity North West in 2016. With responsibility for 1,800 employees and 600 contractors across 14 depots, Pete is leading a £1.9bn investment to help deliver an excellent, safe and affordable service to ensure Electricity North West is leading the way in energy innovation in the transition to a low carbon future.

Company Details

Electricity North West maintains power supplies for five million people from Manchester to Cumbria, investing more than £130m every year in the upgrade and maintenance of 13,000 km of overhead lines, 44,000 km of underground cable and substation infrastructure.


Bob Ward

Senior Partner North West

From January 2017 Bob has taken on the role of Senior Partner for the North-West, providing leadership to the Manchester and Liverpool offices. He has a senior markets role across the North region where he is focusing on enhancing EY’s relationship with priority clients. With roots in the North-West, Bob moved up from London where he previously held national markets and people leadership roles as well as leading the London Restructuring team.

Company Details

EY is a multinational professional services firm. It is one of the largest professional services firms in the world and is one of the “Big Four” accounting firms.

Grant Thornton

Carl Williams


Carl oversees the Manchester and Liverpool offices working with entrepreneurs, funders and decision-makers who are responsible for delivering growth in the region, focusing on retail, food and beverage and property and construction.

Company Details

Grant Thornton is one of the world’s largest professional services network of independent accounting and consulting members.

Grosvenor Limited

Mark Preston

Executive Trustee

Mark is the Executive Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate with overall responsibility for the Grosvenor family’s business interests. He holds the position of Chief Executive of Grosvenor Group to which he was appointed in 2008. Mark is a Non-Executive Director for international property company Sonae Sierra SGPS. He is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and a Trustee for the Westminster Foundation.

Company Details

The Grosvenor Estate represents all the business activities of the Grosvenor Family, headed by the Duke of Westminster.


Nicola Quayle

Manchester Office Senior Partner

Nicola is the Office Senior Partner for KPMG Manchester, responsible for leading 1,00 staff and driving KPMG’s regional strategy. Nicola is the Lead Partner for a number of the NW region’s largest organisations.

Nicola was previously Head of KPMG’s Audit practice in the North and also held the role of Non-Executive Director on KPMG’s Board. Nicola was also formerly a director, and Chairman, of Pro Manchester.

Company Details

KPMG is a global network of professional firms providing Audit, Tax and Advisory services.

Lancaster University

Prof Mark E Smith


Professor Mark E. Smith, Vice-Chancellor, Lancaster University since January 2012, previously Deputy Vice-Chancellor Warwick University. He has also worked in Germany and Australia. Chair of UCEA, the Financial Sustainability Strategy Group for HE, Graduate Prospects, HECSU and UCEA Boards. Member of HESA and HEFCW Board. Trustee of AQA Council. Council member EPSRC and the All-Party Parliamentary University Group. In NW of England, member of the LEP Board for Lancashire and serves on the North West Regional Leaders Board.

Company Details

Lancaster University is ranked in the Top 10 in all three major UK university league tables it is also ranked in the Top 1% of universities globally.

Manchester Airport Group

Charlie Cornish

Group Chief Executive

Charlie took up the post of Group Chief Executive for the Manchester Airports Group Plc (MAG) on 1 October 2010 with responsibility for the UK’s largest British owned airport operator. Prior to joining MAG, Charlie was Managing Director of Utility Solutions, the commercial business of United Utilities (UU) with operations in the UK, Middle East, Australia, Bulgaria, Poland, Estonia and the Philippines.

Company Details

Manchester Airport – Manchester Airport is a major international airport. It is the third busiest airport in Britain after Gatwick and Heathrow.

Manchester Metropolitan University

Malcolm Press

Vice Chancellor

Malcolm Press is Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University, having worked previously at the Universities of Birmingham, Sheffield, and Manchester. He is a trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and the WWF. Within Greater Manchester and the North West, Malcolm sits on the boards of Health Innovation Manchester, Corridor Manchester, Manchester Science Partnerships, and the Manchester International Festival.

Company Details

Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the UK’s most applied to universities, with the widest choice of flexible courses. It is one of the largest universities in the UK with more than 270,000 alumni.


Daniel John

Leadership, North & Scotland UK

Daniel is a member of the North & Scotland UK Leadership Team and is responsible for driving strategy across 7 regional offices, including Manchester and Liverpool. As a corporate risk finance advisor, Daniel provides strategic direction to a diverse range of the region’s most prominent companies. He relocated to the North West in 2014 and is passionate about delivering a future economic development strategy that can drive sustainable business development and productivity across the North West.

Company Details

Marsh, part of Marsh & McLennan, is a global professional services firm that helps complex organisations manage risks and make the most of their opportunities, their capital, and their people.


Andy Heath

Operations Director and Deputy Managing Director

Andy Heath has worked in the rail industry for since 1987, starting his railway career as a graduate trainee based in Colchester in the Great Eastern region. After his initial 12 months training period he remained with Great Eastern where he held a number of supervisory and managerial Operational positions including his final position as Regional Traincrew Manager until 1998.

In 1998 he joined Merseyrail as Trains Manager and was appointed Operations Director in 2005, where he is Professional Head of Operating Safety with overall responsibility for all aspects of operational delivery including train service performance, management of all Merseyrail Train crew as well compliance with Operational Safety Standards. .

A statutory director of the Merseyrail Electrics Board, he was appointed Deputy Managing director in 2012 and subsequently Managing Director in December 2017

Andy graduated from Salford University with a BSc Hons in Economics.

Company Details

Merseyrail is an urban network of vital importance to the transport infrastructure of Liverpool and its environs, operating on the Wirral and Northern Lines within Merseyside.

Northern Rail

Sharon Keith

Regional Director West

Sharon joined Northern from Tyne & Wear Metro, where she was Managing Director. At Metro she was also Customer Service Director and the dual role of Customer Services and Operations Director. At Metro, Sharon led projects that delivered a step change in the on-station customer experience, reduced fraud to a record low.

Company Details

Northern plays a vital role in the north of England by connecting tens of thousands of people to work, leisure, education every day. Arriva Rail North Limited, became the new rail operator for Northern on 1 April 2016, marking the start of a nine-year franchise.


Matthew Wright

Managing Director

Matthew was appointed MD of Ørsted from 1 June 2017.  He was previously Chief Executive of Southern Water and has 30 years experience in utility businesses.  Matthew’s role is to facilitate the success of Ørsted’s business in the UK and to accelerate the creation of an energy system that runs entirely on green power.

Company Details

Ørsted is the global leader in offshore wind power and a leading energy supplier to the industrial and commercial market.  It also has new business ventures in bioenergy and energy storage.


Iwan Griffiths

NW Region Chairman

Iwan leads the North West region, which includes more than 900 staff in Manchester and Liverpool. He is an Assurance Partner with more than 20 years experience in the fi nancial services industry. He has worked in London, Seoul and Tokyo. He is now based in Manchester.

Company Details

PwC provide organisations with the professional services they need.

Royal Bank of Scotland

Richard Topliss

Regional Managing Director

Regional Managing Director, Royal Bank of Scotland, is responsible for the Corporate and Commercial Banking team in the North. He is Chairman of The Manchester Growth Company and a board member of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership.

Company Details

The Royal Bank of Scotland is a banking and insurance holding company, based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Tangerine & The Juice Academy

Sandy Lindsay MBE

Founder & Chair

Chair, Tangerine & The Juice Academy. Sandy was honoured in the Queen’s birthday list for services to business and young people and named the IoD’s NW Director of the Year (and Highly Commended in the same award, nationally.) Sandy Chairs communications consultancy, Tangerine, the social media apprenticeship, The Juice Academy, and Skills groups for the NW IoD and the NWBLT.

Company Details

Tangerine provides PR, marketing, digital and content expertise for national and international brands and businesses. The Juice Academy is the UK’s first industry-led social media apprenticeship programme:

The Peel Group

Robert Hough CBE


Robert joined the Peel Group in 1989 and was its Executive Deputy Chairman from 1989-2002 and Chairman of the Manchester Ship Canal Company from 1987 to 2002. He remains a Non-Executive Director of Peel and is Chairman of Peel Airports, including Liverpool John Lennon Airport and Doncaster Sheffield Airport. In the 2014 New Year’s Honours list Robert was awarded a CBE for services to business in the North West.

Company Details

The Peel Group is one of the leading infrastructure, transport and real estate investors in the UK.


Jonathan Hague

VP Open Innovation

Jon became Vice President Operations and Open Innovation for Unilever in April 2016. He is Chairman of the Innovation Board for the Liverpool City Region, a position that capitalises upon his considerable experience to help drive forward vital developmental projects for the City Region.

Company Details

Unilever Research & Development use in-depth consumer understanding and expertise in science and technology to create innovative, effective and sustainable products.

United Utilities

Gaynor Kenyon

Corporate Affairs Director

Gaynor Kenyon is a member of United Utilities’ Executive Team responsible for the group’s external relations including political, media, customer communications and corporate responsibility. Previously she was ScottishPower’s UK and US Government and Community Affairs Director following roles in the energy industry, in central government communications and as a journalist.

Company Details

United Utilities Group PLC (UU), the UK’s largest listed water company.

University of Chester

Prof Tim Wheeler


Professor Tim Wheeler became the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of Chester in 2005. He is particularly interested in skills improvement, the role of universities in promoting economic growth and supporting business development. He is also Deputy Chair of the Cheshire & Warrington LEP. Tim leads the NWBLT Essential Resources Task Force.

Company Details

The University of Chester is a public university located in the historic city of Chester, England. The University, the first purpose-built teacher training college in the UK.

University of Liverpool

Prof Dame Janet Beer


Professor Dame Beer is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Liverpool. She is currently Vice-President of UUK, England and Northern Ireland, becoming President in August 2017. She is a Trustee of the British Council, chair of the Liverpool Knowledge Quarter Board, a member of the Liverpool Science Park Board and chaired the Equality Challenge Unit Board until July 2017. She has recently been appointed as adviser on Higher Education for LCR Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram.

Professor Dame Janet Beer has been made a dame in the 2018 New Year Honours list and has been recognised with a DBE for her services to higher education and equality.

Company Details

The University of Liverpool has, since 1881, worked for the advancement of learning and ennoblement of life and this remains the University’s mission today.

University of Manchester

Prof Dame Nancy Rothwell

President & Vice-Chancellor

Professor Rothwell took up her current post in July 2010. She is co-Chair of the Council for Science and Technology, Chair of Corridor Manchester Board, and a member of the Greater Manchester LEP Board and the Northern Powerhouse Partnership Board. Her ongoing research in neuroscience has contributed towards major advances in understanding and treatment of brain damage in stroke and head injury.

Company Details

The University of Manchester is the largest single site university in the UK with a commitment to being a world-leading university, globally recognised for the excellence of its research, outstanding learning and student experience, and its social, economic and cultural impact.


Martin Pearson

Managing Director

Company Details

Warren Partners

Joëlle Warren MBE

Founder & Executive Chair

Joëlle is the Founder and Executive Chair of Warren Partners and leads chair and non-executive director searches in addition to delivering Strategic Board Review services. Drawing on her expansive experience, genuine warmth and incisive mind, she helps chairs develop high-performing boards – as well as playing a key role in bringing on new talent at Warren Partners.

Company Details

Warren Partners is a leading UK executive search firm, devoted to supporting and recruiting executive and non-executive directors.

West Coast Trains

Patrick McGrath

Human Resources Director

Patrick has been HR Director at Virgin Trains since 2000 and has been at Virgin Trains since its inception in 1997. He has been in the rail industry since 1991 and held a variety of senior operational, customer service and commercial roles before heading up the HR team at Virgin Trains. Heading up the people and change agendas has been a critical part of Virgin Trains transformation and spectacular growth.

Company Details

West Coast Trains is a train operating company owned by Virgin Rail Group.


Graham Ramsbottom

Chief Executive Officer Trustee

Graham joined The Grosvenor Estate in March 2009 and was appointed Chief Executive of The Wheatsheaf Group at its formation in 2012. Previous roles include; Director of Rural Property at The Co-operative Group, Associate Partner with Strutt and Parker and an officer in the Royal Navy. Graham holds a BSc Agriculture from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, MSc Rural Land Management from The Royal Agricultural College and an Advanced Management Programme from the Harvard Business School.

Company Details

Wheatsheaf was set up by the Grosvenor Estate in 2012 to invest into food, energy and water security.