Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are appointed to oversee the operations of the Chamber. They undertake their roles voluntarily and are not entitled to receive a dividend for their work. The roles of Chair, Vice-Chair and Deputy Vice-Chair are approved by the Members Council on an annual basis.

  • Neil Ashbridge

    Chair

    Neil was born in Dewsbury, Yorkshire and was brought up and educated in Liverpool, joining the Bank of England Liverpool branch in 1973 before moving to Threadneedle Street, London, in 1976 to undertake a range of positions covering banking and market operations and international monetary institutions.

    Neil returned to Liverpool in 1992 as an Assistant Agent before becoming Deputy Agent in the North West 2001and Agent for Wales in 2009.He also held numerous director positions including at Glyndwr University, Wales Industrial Development Board, University of Liverpool Management School, Professional Liverpool and West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce.

    Neil was elected as Chair of the Chamber of Commerce in December 2016.

  • Caroline Kingsley

    Vice Chair

    Caroline Kingsley has spent her entire career within property and engineering, initially working as a Surveyor for the likes of EC Harris and GVA, before moving into recruitment.

    She is Managing Director of Kingsley Associates, a specialist recruitment business, operating within the legal, property and engineering sectors, which is based in the heart of the commercial district. Caroline also specialises in mergers and acquisitions and has recently completed a number of transactions for clients within the property arena.

    She is passionate about the city and all it has to offer and contributes via her membership of the Board of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.

    She lives in Southport, with her husband Andrew and two young children, and would love to count golf and tennis amongst her hobbies, but simply does not have the hours in the day!

  • Enda Rylands

    Enda is the General Manager of the Ramada Plaza Hotel, Southport having joined the hotel in 2010. He has previously managed hotels in Leeds, Scarborough and Edinburgh and has worked for several major UK hotel companies. He has been involved with several groups within the region and chairs the recently formed Southport Business Improvement District. He also chairs the Business Tourism Steering Group in Southport aimed at promoting conferences in Southport.

    Enda also sits on the Board for England’s Golf Coast which is a private sector led group promoting golf in the region and is also a trustee for local Charity Community Link Foundation aimed at support looking good causes.

  • Alex McCann

    Alex is a Partner at Hill Dickinson LLP and joined the board as a co-opted member in the Autumn of 2016, becoming a non-executive director at the Chamber's AGM in December 2016 (further biography to follow). 

  • Charles Oddy

    Charles joined the board of the Chamber in the Autumn of 2016 and was elected as a non-executive director at the Chamber's AGM in December 2016.

    Charles is an alternative investment and enterprise risk management professional with 20 years’ experience within hedge funds, asset management, derivatives and early stage investments. In addition to capital markets, he has maintained a passion for entrepreneurial environments which has led him to be involved in angel investing, business mentoring and micro granting for start-ups.

     

    Charles holds both the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM) professional designations. Additionally, Charles holds a BSc. (Hons) in Mathmatics and Statistics from Edinburgh University and a Masters in International Banking, Economics and Finance from Liverpool John Moore University. 

  • Allan J. Durning

    Allan Durning is an independent consultant on the Building Materials space and founder of the Timber Buying Group; previously he was the Chief Executive Officer of the Independent UK Building Material Supplier, National Buying Group. Previously Mr. Durning was the Director of Sales and Marketing of British Gypsum Isover, a UK based firm owned by Saint Gobain, providing Glasswool Insulation and was the Director of Builder Center Bulk, the major contractor and house builder division of Wolseley. He has over 30 years of experience in distribution and manufacturing of building materials. He has extensive experience in operations, marketing and sales. He has also spent a period in the Middle East working in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    Allan is a Chartered Marketer of the Institute of Marketing, Fellow of both CIM and CMI. He is the current President of the Institute of Builders Merchants and is a Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Builders Merchants (WCBM). Non-executive Director at Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce, Allan holds a BSc. (Hons) Politics and Government from the Open University and an MBA from the University of Northampton.

  • Chris Waine

    Chris is a Director with the global design and consultancy business Arcadis. Arcadis have a large presence in the North West with over 500 staff working with clients from various sectors such as Liverpool Football Club, Jaguar Land Rover, Manchester Airport Group and Network Rail.

    Chris is based in Liverpool and he is currently responsible for over 70 staff operating across Northern England and Northern Ireland, providing built asset related professional services to clients in the education, residential, healthcare and local government sectors.

    Chris went to Liverpool John Moores University and gained a BSc (Hons) degree in Quantity Surveying, before becoming a Chartered Quantity Surveyor through the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 2006. He is a Managing Successful Programmes (MSP®) qualified Programme Manager and has been involved in a number of transformational programmes of work. Over the last 10 years, Chris has also spent time at the University of Oxford’s Said Business School undertaking further research and study around project and programme management.

    Chris was born and raised in Prescot, Merseyside and currently resides in South Liverpool with his wife Katharine. He is a keen football fan and season ticket holder at Everton.

  • Steve Myatt

    Steve Myatt is the Managing Director of Kiwiosity, a company specialising in the supply of a range of innovative and environmentally-positive products for the Garden, Leisure and Retail markets. Steve has extensive experience within the horticultural sector and has acted as a mentor and business development coach for numerous start up programmes. Steve joined the Board in August 2016.