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Group Board

The Group is accountable to the GMCA and GM LEP. The Group’s Board comprises five GMCA nominees and five private sector members. Its current membership is as follows:

Richard Topliss        
Board Members
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Cllr Sir Richard Leese Cllr Sean Anstee Paul Dennett Vanda Murray OBE Cllr Ebrahim Adia
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Mike Blackburn Phil Cusack Iwan Griffiths Jane Boardman Cllr Jean Stretton 

Advisory Board

The Group Board is supported by three Advisory Boards with external membership drawn from or approved by Group Board. The Advisory Boards cover the three main business areas of the Group:

  • Workforce Development;
    • Richard Topliss, Regional Managing Director, Royal Bank Of Scotland
    • Lynda Brady, Pro Vice-Chancellor & University Secretary, Edge Hill University
    • Phil Robinson, Group HR Director, Renold
    • Sean Anstee, Leader, Trafford MBC
    • Gurbux Singh, Consultant
    • Mark Gilman, MD, Discovering Health
    • Jennifer Woods, Consultant
    • Cllr Jean Stretton, Leader, Oldham Council
  • Business Support and Business Finance;
    • Vanda Murray, Non-Executive Director, Bunzl plc
    • Simon Allport, Senior Partner North West, Ernst and Young
    • Luke Georghiou, Vice President for Research & Innovation, University of Manchester
    • Michael Hartig, Head Of Northern Region, Barclays Corporate Banking
    • Phil Jones, Managing Director, Brother UK Limited
    • Kieran Quinn, Executive Leader, Tameside MBC
    • Howard Simms, CEO, Apadmi Ventures
  • Internationalisation and Marketing.
    • Iwan Griffiths, North West Chairman, PWC
    • Lou Cordwell, CEO, Magnetic North
    • Ken O'Toole, CCO, Manchester Airport
    • Chris Davies, COO, PZ Cussons
    • Richard Farnell, Leader of the Council, Rochdale MBC

Subsidiary Board

There are four subsidiary Boards which retain legal, compliance and other responsibilities for their respective legal entities:

  • The Enterprise Fund Ltd (trading as Business Finance Solutions);
  • Chamberlink Ltd (trading as Business Support Solutions);
  • Challenge 4 Change;
  • Marketing Manchester;


In addition the Group Board has two sub-committees:

  • Audit;
  • Remuneration.