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About the NW Regional Leaders Board

Welcome to the new North West Regional Leaders Board website, hosted by St.Helens Council.

Here you will find information on the work of the Board.

Welcome to the new North West Regional Leaders Board website.

Local government is essential to the people, places and communities that they serve. Through elected councillors, local accountability is promoted with services designed around local needs and preferences.

The North West Regional Leaders Board brings together leaders from the five sub-regions of the north west of England, as well as partners from the economic, social and environmental sector.

The board aims to drive socially inclusive, environmentally sustainable, economic growth, with the ambition of re-balancing the North West economy and maximising the benefits of devolved powers for the region through pan sub-region working and collaboration.

The North West Regional Leaders Board (NWRLB) is a local authority leader’s board that brings together Councils and key partners in the North West of England to drive socially inclusive and environmentally sustainable economic growth, with the aim of re-balancing the North West economy.

There are 22 members of the NWRLB, consisting of 15 elected representatives from local authorities across each of the five sub-regions in north west England, and 7 representatives from the Local Economic Partnerships (LEPs) and Economic, Social and Environmental Partners (ESE) sector.

The aims, objectives and priorities of the Board are set out in its Constitution, which is amended each year ahead of the AGM. For 2018/19, the aims of the Board are:

  • To drive socially inclusive, environmentally sustainable, economic growth, and re-balance the North West economy;

  • To add value to local economic growth, maximising the benefits of devolved powers for the region through pan sub-region working and collaboration;

  • To promote the interests of the region as a Northern Powerhouse, nationally, internationally and with Central Government;

  • To provide a strong authoritative voice for the region as a Northern Powerhouse;

  • To promote a clear identify of the region and to present a positive image of the region in the context of the United Kingdom, European Union and elsewhere;

  • To work with Homes England and oversee the strategic management and disposal of transferred assets and liabilities;

  • To influence Regional, National and International investment in transport and infrastructure for the benefit of the Region as a key part of the Northern Powerhouse; and

  • To ensure the effective representation of Local Authority interest on appropriate regional, national and international bodies and ensure effective liaison and co-ordination of partner organisations.

The Regional Leaders Board meets quarterly in St.Helens Town Hall. Details of meetings and agendas can be found here. The functions and responsibilities of the NWRLB are set out in the Constitution. The role of the Board is to:

  • Promote the economic interests of the North West of England;

  • Throughout the Government’s Brexit negotiations, seek to influence national government so as to ensure that the region receives the greatest level possible of replacement investment funding, and capitalise on new funding and investment opportunities;

  • Agree a work programme for any regional research collaboration on behalf of the region;

  • Approve the Board’s budget;

  • Approve and amend the Constitution;

  • Appoint its Chair and Deputy Chair;

  • Appoint representatives to outside bodies;

  • Establish any sub-groups, appointing their Chair’s and determining their Terms of Reference.

There are currently 22 members of the NWRLB, consisting of 15 local government elected representatives and 7 representatives from Economic, Social and Environment partners (ESE).

Local Authority Representatives

Each of the five North West sub-regions are represented by three leaders or elected mayors. For 2018/19, the elected representatives are:

Sub-Region

Member

Council

 Cheshire and Warrington

Cllr Terry O’Neill

Leader, Warrington Council & Chair of the NWRLB

Cllr Samantha Dixon

Leader, Cheshire West & Chester Council

Cllr Rachel Bailey

Leader, Cheshire East Council

 Cumbria

Cllr Alan Smith

Leader, Allerdale BC

Cllr Kevin Beaty

Leader, Eden DC

Mayor Mike Starkie

Copeland BC

 Greater Manchester

Mayor Andy Burnham

Mayor, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Deputy Mayor Beverley Hughes

Deputy Mayor, Greater Manchester Combined Authority

Cllr Andrew Western

Leader, Trafford Council

 Lancashire

Cllr Geoff Driver

Leader, Lancashire County Council

Cllr Alyson Barnes

Leader, Rossendale Council

Cllr Mohammed Khan

Leader, Blackburn with Darwen Council

 Liverpool City Region

Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram

Metro Mayor, Liverpool City Region Combined Authority

Cllr Graham Morgan

Leader, Knowsley Council

Cllr Derek Long

Leader, St.Helens Council

Economic, Social and Environmental Partners (ESEs)

Miranda Barker – NW Chamber of Commerce & ESE Lead
Lynn Collins – NW Trade Union Congress (TUC)
Richard Caulfield – North West Association of Colleges
Emma Degg – NW Business Leadership Team
Mark E. Smith – VC, University of Lancaster
Warren Escadale – VSNW

North West Local Enterprise Partnership Chairs
Christine Gaskell – Chair of Cheshire and Warrington LEP

Participating Observers

Participating observers are entitled to receive all papers and speak at Board meetings, however they are not entitled to participate in any vote.

Mike Palin – St.Helens Council (Secretariat to the Board)
Gillian Bishop – NW Employers
Adrian Lythgo NW Regional Flood and Coastal Committee 
Danielle Gillespie – Homes England
Transport for the North

The Regional Leaders Board Constitution, as amended in July 2018, can be accessed by clicking the below link.

RLB Constitution