The first meeting of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (GMLEP) board took place on 19 May at Manchester Town Hall.
It was the first time the 13 board members have met in an official GMLEP capacity since their appointment in April.
Mike Blackburn, chair of the GMLEP, said: “It was great to finally get down to business.
“The first meeting was very much about setting the priorities for the board going forward and establishing clear channels of communication with the appropriate agencies and authorities.
“Private sector-led, we will be the voice of business and will make recommendations to both local and central government about the future development of the city.”
The GMLEP board members are:
• Mike Blackburn – Regional Director for the North West, BT
• Keith Johnston – Partner and Head of North West Market, Addleshaw Goddard
• Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell – President and Vice Chancellor, University of Manchester
• Dr Neil McArthur – Chairman and Head of Innovation, Talk Talk Technology
• Ken Knott – Chief Executive, Ask Developments Group Limited
• Peter Marks – Group Chief Executive, The Co-operative Group
• Alison Tumilty – Deputy Chief Executive and Finance Director, Rathbone Training Ltd
• Roger Milburn – Director, Ove Arup and Partners Ltd
• Scott Fletcher – Chairman, ANS Group
The local authorities are represented on the board by Cllr Lord Peter Smith, chairman of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) and the three vice-chairs.
Nick Johnson and Mike Oglesby CBE will also join the GMLEP board meetings in their position as chairmen of the strategic boards for the centres of excellence for business growth, trade and investment and marketing, communication and tourism. This will further strengthen the board as they bring a huge amount of experience and understanding of the business needs of Manchester.
The GMLEP board will meet on a monthly basis. Updates about the work of the GMLEP will be available on Twitter: @GMLEP