Greater Manchester Leaders Plus Candidates
GM Leaders Plus Round 2
Greater Manchester Leaders Plus Round 2 runs from February 2021 to December 2021. Profiles of the candidates are below.
Service Manager (Place Planning), Stockport Council
Over the last 9 years Amy has worked in a number of placemaking roles, joining Stockport Council in 2017 as Transport Strategy Manager with responsibility for the Council’s transport strategy and policy function. This role included identification of funding and partnership opportunities, and the provision of support to the council’s wider growth and spatial planning programmes. Prior to this, Amy worked for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority in the Low Carbon Project Delivery Unit, and has also worked in a number of regeneration and economic development roles for other local authorities. Amy is a qualified planner and geography teacher.
previously: Transport Strategy & Growth Manager, Stockport Council
Senior Partnership & Business Development Manager, Homes England
Mark is a qualified Town Planner (RTPI), Programme & Project Manager (MSP & PRINCE2) and Lean Practitioner (Sigma Six Green Belt). He was personally involved as an ‘author group member’ in the drafting of the PRINCE2 project management guidance in 2009, which is largely credited as being the de-facto global project management methodology. Mark also had his work on Lean techniques published in the latest edition of the book Lean Six Sigma for Dummies, which advocated his ‘Lean Light’ A3 methodology via a case study. Mark has over 25 years’ experience and a proven track record of delivering high value, high risk complex projects and programmes in the Northwest England region to time, budget and scope.
Associate Director, Hatch
Oliver has 13 years’ experience working in economic development, with particular interests in labour markets and skills, infrastructure and land and property economics. He manages and delivers a wide range of consultancy assignments, including evaluations, economic impact studies, business cases and appraisals and strategy development, working mainly on behalf of Local Enterprise Partnerships and local authorities across the UK. Oliver has helped projects to secure millions of pounds of investment from sources such as ERDF, BDUK and Local Growth Fund and has led evaluations of multi-billion pound programmes of investment.
Assistant Director - Corporate Property, Assets and Greenspaces, Wigan Council
Charlotte is a Real Estate professional with 15 years’ experience in the delivery of regeneration, estates and construction projects, including in local government and consultancy roles. Previously, Charlotte led the Estates and Asset Management teams at Stockport Council. Charlotte values innovation and leading on many aspects of ensuring that the property industry remains at the forefront of delivering major projects across the North West. She has recently completed a project with the Cambridge Centre for Digital Built Britain and the Construction Innovation Hub developing a toolkit for other local authorities to embed Digital Asset Management and Building Information Modelling. Charlotte is an active member of the Programme Delivery Executive for the GM 5-year environmental plan.
previously: Head of Estates & Asset Management, Stockport Council
Head of Industrial Strategy, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Lisa developed and leads on the delivery of Greater Manchester’s Local Industrial Strategy, working with key public and private stakeholders to drive a multi-faceted approach to economic development across the city-region. Her current role builds on over 17 years’ experience in public policy, policy research – including a PhD from University of Birmingham – and private sector experience in consultancy and financial services. At the core of all of Lisa’s work has been finding ways to align the interests of different stakeholders to drive change and maximise the benefits of public and private investment and practices for people, communities and places.
CEO, The Proud Trust
Lisa signed on to lead The Proud Trust, supporting LGBTQ+ teens, in summer 2021, taking a next step in 20+ years’ experience in the youth and community sector, within local government and the voluntary sector, most recently at Manchester City Council. She has worked in every discipline of the young people’s sector, including education, employment, outdoor learning and peer education. Lisa leads the Youth, Play and Participation Team at Manchester City Council; the team are responsible for ensuring children and young people have access to high quality provision within their areas, as well as fulfilling the Our Manchester Youth Strategy. Lisa has a real passion and enthusiasm for the work she is involved in, with the purpose of ensuring quality services and outcomes for children and young people.
previously: Head of Youth Strategy & Engagement, Manchester City Council
Service Manager – Parks & Streetscene, Wigan Council
Matt has over 20 years’ experience in local government in a range of strategic and operational management roles. A passionate believer in the vital role that excellent public sector services play in the quality of life for residents, Matt has led a number of award winning teams at three councils in the North West. Matt has always aimed to inspire the work of others through demonstrating strong and transformational leadership and has evidenced this through the delivery of a number of complex organisational change programmes.
National Head of Heating & Hot Water Services, The Guinness Partnership
Mark is an energy, renewables and heating professional with over 20 years’ experience working in both private and public sectors across several roles. He currently leads The Guinness Partnership’s domestic and commercial energy teams and is responsible for all the heating and renewable aspects of the partnership’s housing stock, which totals 65,000 homes and 120,000 customers across the UK. As well as being responsible for the maintenance and regulatory compliance for Guinness, he also leads the energy strategy for the partnership across several large-scale developments, sitting on the technical panel as part of his role, which has led to several high-profile award-winning projects.
Head of Digital Policy, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Jo has worked in local government for 20 years across strategy and inclusion services. She previously managed Stockport council’s Neighbourhood Inclusion team and strategic partnerships with the voluntary and community sector and is responsible for spatial inequality and financial inclusion. Jo has worked with a range of partners to increase the direct investment in voluntary and community organisations and develop a multi-agency approach to supporting financial resilience. She is passionate about tackling inequality and has most recently supported the voluntary and community sector response to Covid ensuring that the needs of communities most vulnerable and disproportionally impacted by Covid are addressed.
previously: Inclusion Manager, Stockport Council
Senior Social Value Consultant, Arup
Anne currently specialises in social value and advises clients and project teams on how to embed and deliver wider sustainable outcomes into built environment projects, throughout the project lifecycle. Anne has over 20 years’ experience working in the private, voluntary and public sector. She has developed and led sustainability programmes in Greater Manchester since 2003, as Operations Director for Groundwork and as Programme Manager for the GM Green Deal Housing Retrofit programme. Anne is also a Trustee and Treasurer on the Board of Action Together CIO in Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside.
Deputy Treasurer, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Rachel is a qualified accountant with over 25 years’ experience in local authorities and health. As Deputy Treasurer, Rachel works with colleagues and Members across Greater Manchester including police, fire and transport. Throughout her career Rachel has had experience in a broad range of public services, most recently 10 years with Manchester City Council as Head of Finance for education, adults and children’s health and social care, leisure and community services and corporate functions. Rachel was part of an integrated team that led on the GM health and social care devolution programme.
Associate Civil Engineer, Arup
Tom is a chartered Civil Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in delivering infrastructure and water engineering projects in the built environment. Having worked in the UK and internationally, he delivers, co-ordinates and manages schemes, from early stage strategic advice through to masterplanning, feasibility, design and construction. He has delivered a wide range of flood risk projects for the Environment Agency, as well as regeneration, education and masterplanning projects across the North West, and has carried out environmental enhancement projects for HS2.
Head of Change Partnering, The Guinness Partnership
Andy has 14 years’ experience in project delivery on a range of different change initiatives across people, processes and technology. He is currently responsible for shaping Guinness’ Change Portfolio in line with Corporate & IT Strategies and driving continued business improvement and efficiencies through effective business engagement, design, and change management activity. Andy is experienced in leading multi-disciplinary teams and leading transformational projects and programmes as part of change portfolios. Andy has been with Guinness for 12 years, with a background in Business Analysis and Project Management. Prior to working for Guinness Andy worked for the NHS and GE.
Senior Associate, Trowers & Hamlins
Tom has 15 years' experience in advising housing, education and health service clients on governance, corporate and contractual matters. He has particular expertise in structuring and constitutional matters, and he has considerable experience of helping to deliver group reorganisations, mergers, transfers of services, and establishment of special purpose vehicles to deliver joint venturing arrangements. He also advises on consumer credit matters, helping clients to audit their activities to determine which may be subject to FCA regulation. Tom has served as a board member of a multi-academy trust and a community focused health organisation in Salford.
Assistant Director, Barnado's
Ruth has 20 years’ experience of leading teams and partnerships within the voluntary sector in a range of complex service areas including early help, mental health, adoption and family support. She has held regulated roles including Chairing Adoption Panel’s and safeguarding groups. Moving to Barnardo’s in 2003 she now leads the Greater Manchester team as an Assistant Director, working as part of Children Services North. She currently holds leads for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and Complaints in Barnardo’s North region. Her robust skill set includes leading integrated service delivery, safeguarding and risk management, service design and business development.
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