RBS regional managing director Richard Topliss has been appointed to chair the Economic Solutions (ES) – the organisation established to achieve a transformation of the Greater Manchester economy, delivering on the priorities set out in the Greater Manchester Strategy.
Richard has been based in the North West since 2000, originally running the corporate and commercial banking division of RBS in North Lancashire and Cumbria. He has more than three decades worth of experience in corporate banking and is responsible for a team of 328 staff, looking after businesses with turnover in excess of £2m across the North of England and North Wales.
In his role at RBS, Richard is a member of the National Leadership team and chair of the Regional Management team for the North, working closely with the North West’s Local Enterprise Partnerships. He has experience working directly with the public sector and local authorities such as Manchester City Council, with whom he has helped to establish a funding hub for social inclusion. In addition to his local authority experience, Richard is also directly engaged with the local business community as an active member of the CBI council in the North West and the North West Business Leadership Team.
Commenting on his new appointment, Richard Topliss said: “I take this responsibility with a deep sense of personal commitment and I am keen to ensure that we do everything it takes to keep Greater Manchester on an upward trajectory and to maximise its potential as the economic powerhouse of the North. I’m looking forward to working with the board to support the objectives of ES and hope my professional experience - particularly my business insight into the North West - can bring a unique perspective to the tasks that will lie ahead.”
Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council and vice chair of Greater Manchester Combined Authority, said: "As a city and a region, we have two pressing tasks ahead of us. One is encouraging the conditions for growth and job creation. The other is ensuring our residents have the skills and confidence to access those jobs. The Economic Solutions has a big part to play, especially in the former, and Richard Topliss brings a wealth of experience and insight to his new role."
Mark Hughes MBE, Group Chief Executive of ES, added: “Richard brings a wealth of expertise to this position and we look forward to working with him in driving forward our priorities on behalf of the Greater Manchester Strategy.”