Metro Mayor unveils new team to drive Liverpool City Region forward
Liverpool City Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has today announced a co-opted member of the Combined Authority and the first raft of Mayoral advisers who will provide strategic support over the next three years.
The existing Combined Authority members, made up of the Metro Mayor, the six Local Authority leaders, the Chair of the City Region LEP and the Chair of Merseytravel, have agreed to co-opt Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy to provide expertise on the area of criminal justice.
Labour Metro Mayor Rotheram has also appointed an initial group of advisers to support his administration on areas including; Higher Education, Voluntary and Community sector, Natural Environment, Social Housing Growth, Homelessness, Mental Health and the Visitor Economy.
The appointment of Mayoral advisers is about utilising independent strategic advice from talent across the Liverpool City Region who will support the bold programme and vision of the Metro Mayor.
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said:
“I am delighted that the Combined Authority has unanimously agreed to co-opt Jane Kennedy. The Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner will provide a strong voice for the criminal justice system within the current structure – a logical extension of her current responsibilities which includes serving as Chair of the Merseyside Criminal Justice Board and the Merseyside Community Safety Partnership.
“I am also thrilled that such a talented group of individuals have agreed to work with me to help broaden the scope of the devolution deal and implement the convening powers of office. The role of the advisers is about utilising experts from right across Merseyside and Halton who are doing pioneering work in their fields to improve business opportunities and the lives of ordinary people.”
Commenting on her appointment to the Combined Authority, Jane Kennedy said:
“I welcomed the invitation from Steve Rotheram for me to join the Combined Authority as a co-opted member. It demonstrates his intention to broaden the membership and expertise of the Board.
“I will do my best to assist the on-going development of the regional structure, whilst working closely with my colleague David Keane, Cheshire PCC, to ensure the interests of all the people of the city region are represented with regard to policing, victim support and criminal justice matters.
“I look forward to working with Steve and his colleagues on the cabinet to drive public service reforms for the benefit of people across the region.”
Speaking about supporting the Metro Mayor as an adviser, Luciana Berger MP said:
“I look forward to championing mental health across the Liverpool City Region as one of Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram’s new advisers. It is a huge task and one that I am delighted to have been asked to push forward.”