Sir Richard Leese
Leader of the City Council of Manchester since 1996. His other roles include Chair of the Association of Rail North Partner Authorities, Chair of LGA City Regions Board, Vice Chair of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) and the Chair of the Core Cities Cabinet.
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.
Deputy Leader of Wigan Borough Council.
Vanda Murray OBE
Vanda holds a portfolio of non-executive directorships: Bunzl plc; Exova plc; and Fenner plc, where she is Senior Independent Director. She 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 FRCS (Hon)
Appointed to the Board in November 2015, 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.
Head of Infrastructure (Europe) for IFM Investors with responsibility for business expansion in Europe and oversight of IFM’s existing European asset portfolio. 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.
Appointed to the board in September 2016. Cath is a civil engineer by training and has 27 years experience in the design, construction and management of large infrastructure projects. She is currently a senior executive with MWH Global. She is director of the MHW UK operation, which has within its consultancy portfolio water, energy, infrastructure and industry.
Appointed to the board in September 2016, with over thirty years experience in the retail sector including with Littlewoods and Asda and is currently responsible for the global e-commerce, wholesale and marketing functions of the FTSE 250-listed SuperGroup plc. Jon joined SuperGroup in April 2014 and is the Global Trading Director.