pro-manchester appoints new chair and board members

Thursday, 18th July 2019

pro-manchester was delighted to appoint its new chair at this week’s Annual General Meeting.

Jenn Hazlehurst, Partner at EY and Liverpool Office Managing Partner will take up the role with Alistair Cree, Partner at Eversheds Sutherland stepping down, but remaining part of the pro-manchester board.

In her first address to the pro-manchester members, Jenn discussed the power of collaboration, and how her role in Liverpool and now here in Manchester will benefit the membership organisation she will be chairing in the next year.

“I believe that working across the North West, arguably across the North, is key to any business success,” said Jenn. “Investing in the cities in which I work is important to me, which is why I am delighted to be taking on the role of Chair of pro-manchester.”

pro-manchester’s aim is to enable businesses to successfully collaborate and create strong networks and partnerships in order to benefit their organisation. In the next 12 months, Jen aims to share the common theme of collaboration by developing strong relationships locally, across the region and nationally.

This collaboration provides the opportunity to build strong links with other regions, especially across the North West. “I work across Manchester and Liverpool and champion both cities,” said Jenn. “I’m encouraged to see that they are increasingly taking a more joined-up approach which I believe has been fostered and helped by the relationship that exists between our respective City Mayors,” she continued.

As a longstanding member of the pro-manchester board, chief executive, Sam Booth is delighted to see Jenn Hazlehurst take up the role of chair. “For the last six years Jenn has been a pivotal member of our board, helping to steer great change for the better of the organisation.

“Collaboration in business is something I’m a huge advocate of and I’m delighted that this will be Jenn’s theme for her year in post. I’m really looking forward to be working even closer together with Jenn and seeing the great things we can achieve in the next year.”

Of her appointment, Jenn said: “pro-manchester is an organisation built around enabling professionals to connect and network.

“Working with Sam, Nicola and the team it is easy to see the passion they have for pro-manchester, and it is their hard work and dedication that makes it the successful organisation that it is. I’m really excited about my year ahead as chair and look forward to making a real difference to the Greater Manchester business community with our members and partners.”

Also at pro-manchester’s AGM, six new board members were appointed. These included Sean Williams – Yorkshire Bank, Danny Simpson – MID Communications, Nick Rose – Sharp, Anthony Morrow – OpenMoney and Steve Cox – Electricity North West with Julia Clarke – Manchester Metropolitan University being re-elected.