We believe to be successful we need to see the whole picture. It’s important we get a range of views, perspectives and experience. These enable us to support business and economic growth in Liverpool.
Liverpool Vision is the Mayor of Liverpool’s economic development company. It is governed by a Board of two directors; Mayor Joe Anderson and Councillor Malcolm Kennedy. The Board sets our business plan and budget and is supported by a small advisory group of Councillors, a representative from the private sector and Chief Executives of the Council and Liverpool Vision.
Below that we have a team focused on doing everything they can to support business locally, nationally, and internationally.
Max Steinberg CBE FRSA, Chief Executive
Since Max was appointed Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision in July 2010 he has worked to extend the global profile and reputation of business in the city and to showcase its ambition and to attract investment and continued growth.
This year, that includes being Chair of the International Festival for Business, taking place in Liverpool and the city region for 50 days in June and July. The International Festival for Business is set to be the biggest business event of 2014 and comprises more than 150 world-class events and forms a central part of UK government’s goal of rebalancing the economy and doubling British exports by 2020.
Max has a proven track record of working at the highest level in economic regeneration. Max was formerly Director of Investment and Regeneration North, then Chief Executive of Elevate East Lancashire in 2003. In 2009, he was appointed Chief Executive of Regenerate Pennine Lancashire Ltd, one of the biggest economic development companies in the UK.
When he joined Liverpool Vision he hit the ground running. Max oversaw Liverpool’s award-winning participation in World EXPO Shanghai 2010, a six month global event with the theme “better city, better life”. It culminated in the Liverpool Gala Day on 16th October 2010.
Since then he has led the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in 2012, the first time it was held in Europe with several thousand delegates travelling to Liverpool from 125 countries. The congress was widely regarded as the most successful GEC to date. Max has also worked to enhance Liverpool Vision’s business growth service and has established Marketing Liverpool.
In 1997, he was awarded an OBE for services to Housing and Regeneration on Merseyside and has been on the Board of Liverpool John Moores University European Institute of Urban Affairs since 1992 and its chairman since 2001. He is Deputy Chair of Riverside Housing Group and was a non-executive director of Kensington Regeneration from 2003 – 2006. In 2011 Max was awarded a Senior Fellowship at Liverpool Hope University and in 2013 received a CBE for services to business and the community.
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Ian McCarthy, Director of Programmes
Born in Liverpool and brought up in Warrington, Ian’s background is in Town Planning, Industrial Improvement Areas, community business and business economics. After working at Warrington Council, Ian moved to Manchester’s local authority becoming Head of the Economic Initiatives Group with a focus on economic regeneration, development projects, business support and international activity.
In July 2002, Ian became Programme Director at Liverpool Vision. He works to attract investment to the Mayor of Liverpool’s Development Zones and is the Festival Director for the UK’s International Festival for Business, hosted in Liverpool in June and July 2014.
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Chris Brown, Director Marketing Liverpool
In charge of promoting the Liverpool brand nationally and internationally, Chris worked for five years at The Mersey Partnership as Director of Tourism, Director of Operations and interim Chief Executive before taking the role of Chief Executive at Marketing Cheshire, formerly Visit Chester and Cheshire, in 2004.
In promoting the city as a first class destination for leisure and business visitors, Chris is responsible for establishing Marketing Liverpool, bringing the responsibility for the city region’s brand management and promotion into a single entity.
Chris also works to deliver the Liverpool Plan, a series of transformational events designed to bring key organisations of the city together helping to raise its profile.
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Claire McColgan MBE, Director of Culture Liverpool
Since she joined the Liverpool Culture Company in 2000 it’s fair to say Claire has played an integral role in the growth of the international reputation of the city’s cultural offer. She created and managed the cultural programme for public involvement in Liverpool’s European Capital of Culture Bid, one of the key factors in the bid’s success.
Claire also designed, produced and managed the £11m Creative Communities Programme and managed the city’s 2007 birthday celebrations which coincided with the anniversary of the abolition of slavery.
2008 was a pivotal moment for Liverpool’s cultural reputation. Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture and the event’s participation programme captured the imagination of the public, as well as the opening and closing events of 2008. As recognition of this work and other achievements, Claire was awarded an MBE for services to the Arts in 2009.
As Director of Culture Liverpool, Claire is responsible for Cultural Delivery and Policy for Liverpool City Council. She is a non-executive director of Derry/Londonderry Culture Company, responsible for UK City of Culture in 2013 and advises other European cities on cultural policy.
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