Metro Mayor unveils new team to drive Liverpool City Region forward
Region Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram has announced a co-opted member of the
Combined Authority and the 1st raft of Mayoral advisers who will provide
strategic support over the next 3 years.
The existing Combined Authority members, made up of the Metro Mayor, the 6 Local
Authority leaders, the Chair of the City Region LEP and the Chair of
Merseytravel, have agreed to co-opt Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner
Jane Kennedy to provide expertise on the area of criminal justice.
Labour Metro Mayor Rotheram has also appointed an initial group of advisers to
support his administration on areas including; Higher Education, Voluntary and
Community sector, Natural Environment, Social Housing Growth, Homelessness,
Mental Health and the Visitor Economy.
The appointment of Mayoral advisers is about utilising independent strategic
advice from talent across the Liverpool City Region who will support the bold
programme and vision of the Metro Mayor.
Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram said:- "I am delighted that the Combined
Authority has unanimously agreed to co-opt Jane Kennedy. The Merseyside Police
and Crime Commissioner will provide a strong voice for the criminal justice
system within the current structure; a logical extension of her current
responsibilities which includes serving as Chair of the Merseyside Criminal
Justice Board and the Merseyside Community Safety Partnership. I am also
thrilled that such a talented group of individuals have agreed to work with me
to help broaden the scope of the devolution deal and implement the convening
powers of office. The role of the advisers is about utilising experts from right
across Merseyside and Halton who are doing pioneering work in their fields to
improve business opportunities and the lives of ordinary people."
Commenting on her appointment to the Combined Authority, Jane Kennedy said:-
"I welcomed the invitation from Steve Rotheram for me to join the Combined
Authority as a co-opted member. It demonstrates his intention to broaden the
membership and expertise of the Board. I will do my best to assist the on going
development of the regional structure, whilst working closely with my colleague
David Keane, Cheshire PCC, to ensure the interests of all the people of the City
region are represented with regard to policing, victim support and criminal
justice matters. I look forward to working with Steve and his colleagues on the
cabinet to drive public service reforms for the benefit of people across the
Speaking about supporting the Metro Mayor as an adviser, Luciana Berger MP
said:- "I look forward to championing mental health across the Liverpool
City Region as 1 of Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram's new advisers. It is a huge task
and 1 that I am delighted to have been asked to push forward."