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.

  • Jenny Stewart

    Chief Executive Officer

    Jenny joined the Chamber in 2006 as Head of Membership, was named Chief Executive Officer at Liverpool Chamber in November 2012. The Chamber’s mission is to create business by enabling companies to grow, by facilitating networks and business contacts and encouraging business to trade globally.  It delivers the National Apprenticeship Service creating more than 300 new jobs each year for young people. Jenny founded  the Spark Up programme at the chamber which works with early start entrepreneurs.  In two years, Spark Up has worked with 120 entrepreneurs, created 130 jobs and enabled £550, 000 business finance.

    In her early years, Jenny joined HM Diplomatic service at just 17, and worked in the North America Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. She also worked in the FCO emergency unit during the Falklands Island conflict. Later, she joined the private sector with BT and since then has held director level commercial posts with medium and large businesses.  Jenny owned her own business in Sutton in Ashfield, and another on the Wirral,

    Jenny is now delighted to be working in the heart of the city and has what she describes as “the best job in the world”. It’s her pleasure to talk to local, national and international business community. 

    Jenny is a director of the Liverpool Bid Company, Health @ Work and Liverpool Compact.  She is also a Director of Autism Adventures Ltd.

    Jenny was born in Birkenhead, where she now lives with her family and her two dogs. 

  • 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.

  • Brian McCann

    Vice Chair

    Brian McCann is the Chair of the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce Finance Committee and an Economics Graduate of Liverpool University and a Chartered Accountant.

    His business MC Vanguard is one of Merseyside's leading Corporate Finance Advisory Firms and specialises in working with privately owned companies on acquisitions, business sales and raising finance.

  • Caroline Kingsley

    Deputy 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!

  • Elaine Bowker

    Elaine Bowker was appointed Principal / Chief Executive of Liverpool Community College on 1st June 2011.

    Elaine’s previous position was Strategic Director at Manchester City Council where she had responsibility for transforming the organisation and creating over £120m savings, as well as driving the target for Apprenticeships within the organisation. Prior to her role at the City Council, Elaine was the Executive Director within the former Learning and Skills Council responsible for Greater Manchester, and previously worked as Director of Area for Greater Merseyside, giving her strong ties to both city regions.

    Before joining the LSC, she worked in a variety of FE colleges, from lecturer to senior postholder level.

    She currently sits on the Board of Liverpool City Chamber of Commerce and is a Commissioner on the Liverpool Fairness Commission.

  • Max Steinberg

    Max Steinberg was appointed Chief Executive of Liverpool Vision in July 2010 and joined the board of Liverpool Chamber of Commerce in 2012.

    Max began his career at Liverpool City Council in 1975 before moving to the Housing Corporation where he spent 25 years working in all aspects of housing, eventually becoming Director of Investment and Regeneration North before becoming Chief Executive of Elevate East Lancashire in 2003. In 2009 he became Chief Executive of Regenerate Pennine Lancashire Ltd, one of the largest Economic Development Companies in the UK.

    Max was awarded the OBE in 1997 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 the Riverside Housing Group and was a non-executive director of Kensington Regeneration from 2003-2006. He was also awarded a Senior Fellowship at Liverpool Hope University in 2011.

  • Mark Long

    Mark Long is Head of Economy and Tourism at Sefton Council. He has spent 25 years working in local economic development, and was appointed to his current position in 2008.

    He is responsible for the Council’s principle service brands: InvestSefton, Sefton@Work, VisitSouthport, and REECH.

    Having helped to set up Mersey Maritime, he has a longstanding interest in the value of the Port of Liverpool to the Liverpool City Region, and is leading on the Council’s Employment Potential Study to better understand the job and local supply impacts of the Liverpool 2 development.

    Recent achievements include International Sefton (help to exporters), setting up Southport Business Improvement District, and award-winning services to employers for recruitment and HR development.

    Mark joined the Board of Liverpool & Sefton Chambers in July 2014.

  • 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.

  • Lyn Siddle

    Lyn Siddle is the owner of Portland Hall Spa in the centre of Southport.  She bought the New Jewish Synagogue, designed the concept and oversaw its conversion to a dedicated Day Spa.  The business opened in November 2005.

     

    Her business experience includes working for various financial and commercial directors; setting up her own international recruitment agency in 1988; and managing teams of up to 170 people in direct sales.

     

    Lyn has won several awards including Business Person of the Year 1988, Nat West Woman in Business 1989 (runner up), ASME Small Business of the Year 1989, British Beauty Awards Day Spa of the Year 2008, runner up in the Morgan Entrepreneur Awards 2009.

     

    She has a degree in Fine Art (Sculpture), studied at the Chartered Insurance Institute,1981-83, completed the PACE entreprenerial course at Manchester Business School in1989 and in 2010, completed Liverpool University Management School's LEAD course.

  • 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. 

  • Steve Houghton-Burnett

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

    Steve started his first paying job at the age of 11 and in true entrepreneurial style his first business at 22. At the grand old age of 28 he started a business in two small offices that sold five years later in a £300 million deal. It went through two mergers and three additional funding rounds to get there.

     

    Today he is a serial entrepreneur who loves working with small companies that want to change the world and big companies who want to be more like them.

     

    He is also a speaker on the topic of successful organisational change and his keynote talk "Love Your Disruptors" has been heard by audiences all over the world.

  • 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.