Employment and Skills Board

The Employment and Skills Board is the Liverpool City Region’s lead strategic voice for improving the employment, skills and productivity of the City Region’s residents and workforce. It reports directly into the Combined Authority and the Local Enterprise Partnership Board, fulfilling a representative role and also one of challenge.

Councillor Marion Atkinson – Sefton Council

Councillor Marion Atkinson has been a Sefton Councillor for four years and holds the Cabinet Member portfolio for Regeneration and Skills. She is responsible for developing Sefton’s growth assets including Tourism and Superport, improving employability and skills and supporting business growth and investment. Marion is currently overseeing the modernisation of communities in receipt of Port-related investment at Seaforth (Liverpool 2), and the rejuvenation of Bootle and Southport Town Centres.

Jette Burford – Merseyside Colleges’ Association

Jette is the Principal of St Helens College. Previous employment includes NW Regional Director for University for Industry and Principal of Hugh Baird College.  Jette is Chair of the Merseyside Association of Colleges comprising 10 colleges with a combined turnover of approx. £200M, 4,500 staff, 70,000 students including 4,000 apprentices.

Councillor Jeanette Banks - St Helens Council

Cllr Jeanette Banks has been a St Helens Councillor for six years. She is currently the Cabinet Member for Children, Families, Young People and Education, including Children's Social Care and Safeguarding. She was previously a Lecturer and Curriculum Lead (Computing) at St Helens College for over 15 years.

Lynn Collins – Trades Union Congress

Lynn is the regional head of the TUC , which represents  800 000 workers in the North West of England across over 50 trades unions. Lynn represents the TUC on a number of employment and skills bodies and also sits of the Liverpool City region Child Poverty and Life Chances Commission.

Jon Corner – Representing Innovation Board

Jon Corner is our representative from the LEP Innovation Board, with extensive business expertise and skills spanning both the digital creative industries and the education sector.
He is CEO at the leading tech industry cluster The Landing MediaCityUK and was formerly Director MediaCityUK for the University of Salford. He was also instrumental in setting up a new UTC specializing in digital technologies which opened in Sept 2015.

Cllr Phil Davies

Cllr Phil Davies has been Leader of Wirral Council since 2012 and now holds the Economic Development Portfolio: he is also Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Europe for the City Region’s Combined Authority. He has been involved with European Funding for many years and currently co-chairs the City Region’s European Structural Funds Sub Committee.

Councillor John Fulham – St Helens Council

Councillor John Fulham is St Helens Council’s Cabinet Member for Employment, Planning and Growth and sits on the Chamber of Commerce Board and Liverpool City Region Employment and Skills Board.  Councillor Fulham is responsible for policy relating to support economic opportunity, growth, employment and planning across St Helens, with current projects including town centre regeneration and key infrastructure developments. 

Paul Gaunt – Universities

Paul has been Head of the University of Liverpool Careers and Employability Service since March 2015.  He has previously led the Careers Services at Chester and Liverpool Hope universities, has served on the national board of the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, and worked for Sefton and St.Helens councils.

Councillor Eddie Jones – Halton Council

Councillor Eddie Jones has been a Member of Halton Borough Council for 15 years and Cabinet Member for Economic Development since 2011.  His wide-ranging portfolio includes business development, employment, learning and skills; alongside tourism, heritage and working with the Voluntary Sector.  He was part of the awarding board for the Mersey Gateway Crossing contract and is currently overseeing the restoration of Norton Priory and Gardens.

Bernard Molloy – Representing SuperPort Board

Bernard Molloy is Global Industrial Director for Unipart Aftermarket Logistics and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport.  Bernard is passionate about Apprenticeships and skills: previously an Apprentice Engineer with Merseyside Passenger Transport, he has worked in executive roles for global firms including BT Rolatruc, Hako Machines, Lansing Linde, JCB Industrial and HOPPECKE Batteries. 


Councillor Michael Murphy – Knowsley Council

Councillor Michael Murphy has represented Northwood since 2006 and is Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development.  His portfolio responsibilities include employment and skills, economic growth and regeneration projects, alongside Knowsley’s Local Plan, strategic housing and place marketing.  In addition to his role on the Liverpool City Region Employment and Skills Board, Councillor Murphy sits on the City Region’s Housing and Spatial Planning Board and the Prescot Town Heritage Board.

Councillor Lana Orr – Liverpool City Council

Councillor Lana Orr is Cabinet Member for Employment and Skills at Liverpool City Council. Lana was elected to the Council in 2012 and represents West Derby Ward. Before becoming a Cabinet Member Lana served in a number of roles including Assistant Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, Mayoral Lead for Reading Performance and Mayoral Lead for Primary Schools. Lana is a governor at Broughton Hall High School and is a trustee of two local charities. Lana previously worked as a researcher for Stephen Twigg MP and now works at Edge Hill University running the Vice-Chancellor’s office.

Stephen Roberts – Representing Visitor Economy Board

Stephen has extensive knowledge of the visitor economy nationally and locally, having operated an internationally branded upscale hotel at the heart of the City Region’s visitor economy for 15 years.  He was instrumental in the development and implementation of the sector’s Skills for Growth Agreement, ensuring it has the correct supply of skills.

Anne-Marie Stretch–Deputy Chief Executive / Director of Human Resources

Anne-Marie has over 25 years’ experience working in NHS Human Resources. This includes working as Human Resources Director, within general Human Resources, workforce planning and education commissioning. Prior to this Anne-Marie worked in the Civil Aviation Authority.