Members Directory


Juergen Maier

Siemens Chief Executive

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 past 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.


Mike Wilton


Mike leads Arup’s 350 strong Manchester office, delivering projects and services in the built environment to our North West and global clients. Mike’s work with his direct clients is focussed on supporting major development projects, such as Etihad Campus, and creating transformative urban infrastructure.

Company Details

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


Philip Hoare

Chief Executive Officer

Philip Hoare is Chief Executive Officer of Atkins’ UK and Europe region and is responsible for leading a 10,000-strong team and operations across transport, infrastructure, building and industrial markets. A chartered civil engineer by profession, Philip led Atkins’ UK and Europe transportation division until 2017 and prior to that was Managing Director for the rail and highways businesses. He is committed to working with clients and partners to drive the digital transformation across design, engineering and project management. He is committed to ensuring the engineering and construction sector deliver best-in-class projects to drive greater productivity and improve the lives and prosperity of communities and businesses.  Philip is a strong advocate of apprenticeships and early STEM career opportunities, sitting on the board of the National College for High Speed Rail amongst other industry forums. He is also the senior leadership sponsor of Atkins’ LGBT network.

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 and NWBLT Chair

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 is Chair of NWBLT since December 2018.

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.

Direct Rail Services Limited

Debbie Francis

Managing Director

Debbie joined Direct Rail Services Limited (DRS) in July 2016 as the Managing Director following 3 ½ years at Network Rail as the Finance & Commercial Director for the LNW route. Debbie has 30 years of experience across a range of industries from IT to infrastructure maintenance to rail. She has also gained extensive experience throughout her career both in the UK and overseas in finance, systems, commercial, operations and business development. She has a 2:1 degree in Business Studies from Liverpool Polytechnic, an MBA from Manchester Business School, is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA) and has recently commenced a PhD with leadership and team performance at the heart of the research.


Company Details

DRS is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA). The company was established in 1995 as a lynch pin supplier of transport and associated services to the nuclear industry.

Today DRS is a profitable and dynamic business that is achieving sustained growth with current turnover levels running at around £75 million a year and employing more than 400 staff.  Whilst DRS continues to support the decommissioning activities of its parent company, it has successfully extended its service offerings into a number of new and exciting rail market sectors.

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.


Adrian Curry

Managing Director

With a background in Engineering Adrian was one of the original project team that set up the Encirc business in 1998.  He became Managing Director in 2004 and has since lead the business with the building of the Elton plant, the introduction of the Encirc 360 supply chain concept, the sale of the business to Vidrala in 2015 and the integration of the Vidrala Italian business into Encirc. Adrian is member of the Vidrala executive committee, sits on a British government advisory group and is president of the British Glass industry confederation. Living in England for the past 6 years with his wife and four children Adrian has a very keen interest in all motor sports.


Company Details

Encirc is unique. From the manufacturing of container glass, to modern filling facilities, to warehousing & logistics, we’re the only company to offer customers a complete supply-chain service.


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 Estate

Nicholas Dobbs

Rural Estates' Director

Nicholas Dobbs is the Rural Estates’ Director of the Grosvenor Estate and is responsible for the stewardship of the four rural estates.  He chairs the Rural Estates’ Committees – which provide focused support to each estate – and sits on the Family Office Board, which develops policies and proposals for consideration by the Trustees.


Company Details

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


Martyn Spink

Programme Director, IBM UK Research Team

Martyn is currently the Programme Director for IBM Research @ the Hartree Centre on the Daresbury SciTech Laboratories site.  He is an avid Manchester City fan, a great lover of cricket and will happily read Tolkein books all day on a sunny beach anywhere in the world!  He has over 30 years experience in academia and industry and after 12 years in academia became one of the founder members of a start up company that was bought by IBM in 2008.  For the past 9 years he has been an IBMer and for the past 4 ran one of IBM’s world-wide Development Labs in Manchester City Centre before moving to lead the IBM Research Team.  In the midst of his career he spent two years developing safety critical software and the need to ‘do things properly’ has never left him although his experiences at a start up company instilled in him a desire to move as quickly as possible.

Company Details

IBM is a global cloud platform and cognitive solutions company, which has continually evolved over the past century to remain at the forefront of technological innovation. Our capabilities in data and analytics, cloud, mobile, social and security have helped the UK evolve to become one of the world’s most digitally advanced nations. This digital revolution empowers us and our clients to gather and analyse data in ways that have never been possible before—helping UK organisations unlock new insights and usher in a new era of cognitive business.


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


Professor 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 WWF and sits on the Board of the Institute for Apprenticeships.


Malcolm is an ecologist and has previously served as president of the British Ecological Society, a trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, a council member of the National Trust, a council member of the Society of Biology, and as a deputy chair for a Research Excellence Framework panel.

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.

Northern Rail

Chris Jackson

Regional Director West

Chris joined the railway industry in 2001, working in a number of front line operational roles before progressing to middle and senior leadership positions in Network Rail, Train Operating Companies and Light Rail.  He has experience in project and major flagship station management along with extensive senior operational leadership experience of traincrew, network and electrical control centres.  As Regional Director for the West, Chris leads a team of over 800 people responsible for customer experience, traincrew leadership, stakeholder relationships and all commercial aspects of the operation.


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.

The Pilot Group

Simone Peppi

Founder & Chief Operating Officer – Pilot Group

As one of the founders of Pilot Group, Simone has always believed passionately that people and culture are at the heart of the organisation and she ensures that time and resources are invested to nurture home grown talent. Pilot Group is realising its vision of creating a business with a diverse portfolio of companies and Simone is personally involved in all acquisitions made by the Group.

Company Details

Established in 1992, Pilot Group, is a privately owned group of companies, focused on providing their customers with leading edge, innovative technology solutions across three divisions. The Infrastructure division specialises in the manufacture, supply and installation of energy saving tech products covering lighting, heating, traffic management and connectivity; the Medical division focuses on the supply and installation of all things ultrasound; and the Investments division complements the other products and services offered by the Group, by investing in a diverse range of start-ups, to which the Exec Team offer funding, business mentoring and non-executive services.

What sets Pilot Group apart is its ability to operate as a skills hub, sharing resources and strategic thinking across its divisions: Infrastructure, Medical and Investments.


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.


Lynton Simmonds

Interim Managing Director

Company Details

Urenco is a global supplier of uranium enrichment services to the civil nuclear industry.

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.


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.