Sir Richard Leese
Leader of the City Council of Manchester since 1996. His other roles include Deputy Mayor of Greater Manchester and Vice-Chair of the Combined Authority and Chair of LGA City Regions Board. He is also a Director of Manchester Life.
Executive Director (Europe) for IFM Investors with responsibility for evaluating, implementing and managing European investments. Prior to this role, he held senior positions within Transport for London and the Infrastructure Advisory Group at Citigroup.
Vanda Murray OBE
Vanda holds a portfolio of non-executive directorships: Bunzl plc and Redrow plc; and she is chair of Marshalls plc. Vanda is also Pro-Chancellor and Chair of Governors at Manchester Metropolitan University. Prior to this, she was CEO of Blick plc, a FTSE quoted International support services group. She was awarded an OBE in 2002 for services to industry and to export.
Robert Napier CBE DL FRCS (Hon)
Robert was, until December 2015, Chairman of the Homes and Communities Agency for eight years and prior to that Chairman of the Board of the Met Office. He had a business career which included being the Finance Director and then Chief Executive of Redland PLC. He has held various non-executive positions and is currently on the Board of the Anglian Water Group. His community involvement includes Chairmanship of the Trustees of St Mungo’s, the homelessness charity.
Christian is Head of Infrastructure (Europe) for IFM Investors with responsibility for business expansion in Europe and oversight of IFM’s existing European asset portfolio. He has over 20 years of experience working for companies including Duke Energy, Santos, BHP Billiton, Bechtel and Woodside, successfully delivering large scale projects involving multidisciplinary teams.
Cath is currently the Director of Global Operations for Stantec's International business. Cath has more than 25 years' experience in design, construction and programme management of large infrastructure projects and is a chartered civil engineer and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
Jon is Global Wholesale Director at Superdry plc, where he has been since 2014. Prior to Superdry, Jon held the position of Multichannel Director at Asda WalMart, and before that he held various roles at Shop Direct Group, including those of Trading Director and Business Development Director. Jon has broad functional experience within the retail industry, comprising both physical and digital channels.
Cllr John Blundell
John is an economist working at a large engineering and construction consultancy working on the strategic and economic cases for infrastructure and transport related projects. He is a councillor on Rochdale Borough Council, occupying the Regeneration cabinet post, and is a director of Rochdale Development Agency.