New board to clean up across city region

Amanda Lyne and Dr Melinda Acutt

REDUCING carbon emissions and creating a productive and sustainable economy will be amongst the main aims of a new Clean Growth Board.

The Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) sub-board will play a leading role in addressing urgent environmental and social issues as well as creating new sources of sustainable economic growth. Backed by the commitment from the Metro Mayor for the city region to be zero carbon by 2040 – it is a priority for both the LEP and Combined Authority.

Two women with extensive experience in this field will head up the board. Dr Melinda Acutt will be taking on the role of Chair and Deputy Chair will be Amanda Lyne. Melinda is a director of ICS Consulting Ltd, a management and economic consultancy in the infrastructure sector, was a senior lecturer at the University of Liverpool with previous roles at NHS Wirral, Yorkshire Water and Ofwat, where she was a member of the Water Services Regulation Authority.

Amanda is Managing Director of ULEMCO Ltd – a global hydrogen technology company and has extensive consultancy experience for a variety of clean technology, energy and innovation businesses.

Made up of 22 members, many from key sectors of the region’s economy – business and industry, academia, local government and the third sector. Alongside industry experts from manufacturing, transport and construction including low carbon energy producers and consumers, from companies such as Peel, Stobart Energy, Alstom and Orsted.

Melinda Acutt, said: “We are really fortunate to have been able to convene a highly knowledgeable group of members willing to donate their time and expertise to this newly formed board. I am really looking forward to working together with Amanda and the rest of the board to share their combined expertise in how best to deliver the Clean Growth that our region needs.”