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Malcom Jackson
Chair
Tracy Mawson
St Helens Chamber
Cllr Kate Groucutt
St Helens Borough Council

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Malcolm is Langtree’s Chief Operating Officer. His background includes six years at Wainhomes where his roles included Group Company Secretary and Divisional Finance Director. Prior to this Malcolm worked for KPMG in the North West and Australia.  He is a Chartered Accountant and an Associate Member of Corporate Treasurers.  Malcolm has 20 years’ experience at Langtree. This included 17 years as Finance director.  This role included all aspects of fund raising and corporate transactions including a management buyout in 2015.This experience was recognized in winning Finance director of the year award in 2015.    Malcolm has been closely involved in the establishing and subsequent management of the group’s existing JV projects.

Malcolm has been involved in various investment and regeneration projects in St. Helens, most notably, the redevelopment of the former united glass works as the new saints stadium and Tesco.

Currently, Malcolm is a board member of Parkside regeneration, a joint venture between Langtree and St. Helens Council to bring forward the redevelopment of the former Parkside Colliery site.  The redevelopment brings back into economic use 230 acres and is capable of delivering more than 4200 jobs and generating c£6m of business rates pa.

Malcolm has been on the Board of St. Helens Chamber of Commerce since 2018 and has been Chair of the Audit committee since 2020.

Born and brought up in St. Helens, a lifelong saints fan so am delighted to assist in the growth of St Helens.

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Tracy has been responsible for Business Services at St Helens Chamber since 2011, and Deputy Chief Executive since 2016.  Her previous roles in the North West include Head of Strategy at NWDA – the North West Regional Development Agency – and Economic Development Manager at The Mersey Partnership.   Since moving to live in Liverpool in 2003 Tracy has specialised in regeneration, economic development and business growth policy, and she holds an MBA in Urban Regeneration from University of Liverpool.

Tracy worked in her early career in financial publishing, management consultancy, and internet retail.   Her private sector background includes many aspects of business start-up, innovation and growth and she has held a number of roles across business development & marketing.   Her first degree was in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University.

Currently Tracy is a board member of the St Helens Town Deal Board and a Governor of Carmel College.    She chairs the national Youth Skills policy group for British Chambers of Commerce and sits on the Liverpool Business Group, an advisory body to the Liverpool City Region Mayoral Combined Authority.  Her interests include arts and culture, mental health well-being, and family life.

 

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Kate Groucutt is an elected Councillor for Parr ward and Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Business for St Helens Borough Council. She leads the council’s agenda on education (including schools, FE, early years and adult education), skills, employment and business support services.  She is also the Deputy Portfolio Holder for Inclusive Economy and Third Sector for Liverpool City Region.

 

Kate is a mum of two primary age children, and is a self-employed consultant working in the voluntary sector. She was previously a senior leader in a number of national charities, and started her career as a policy adviser at the CBI, working with businesses on a range of policy issues

Cath Murray-Howard
Torus
Craig Roche
CMS Accountants
Damian McAreavey

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With a passion for delivering high quality operational services and improving the living environments of people, Cath, as Chief Operating Officer at Torus, is responsible for the Housing division, including Assets, the Commercial Contracting arm (HMS), and the charitable arm Torus Foundation.  When visiting properties and communities, Cath’s starting point is always ‘would I live here?’ and she leads from the front in delivering services, homes and neighbourhoods which start with the customer at the centre.

 

Cath has a strong track record of leadership, operational delivery, transformation and cultural development. Before joining Torus, Cath held numerous high-profile positions including Chief Operating Officer at Mersten Group, Director of Strategy and Business Development at The Disabilities Trust and Deputy CEO at Community Integrated Care, a large, UK wide charity delivering care and support to older people and people with learning disabilities.

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Craig has been an accountant for over 35 years and has had roles in both practice and industry. He has owned and ran CMS Accountants for over 15 years using his experiences from both to help businesses locally and nationally.

 

His area of specialism is small, owner managed businesses where he is passionate about helping his clients achieve their dreams and ambitions whilst providing reassurance by ensuring they remain compliant with the various HMRC legislative requirements.

 

The broad base of clients provide a relevant insight into the needs of small businesses within the community and he hopes to bring that experience to the Board to help further the needs of local enterprises.

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Damian is educated to PhD level with doctorate in manufacturing systems, he has a career of 35 years in industry including 9 years in the pharmaceutical industry with research based and medium sized generic manufacturing companies in Supply Chain and Systems Implementation roles , Management Consultancy with Price Waterhouse Coopers for 3 years specialising in Manufacturing, Logistics and Supply Chain .

He worked in manufacturing with Pilkington for 22 years in European and UK based roles.  Latterly, Head of Operations for Rolled and Wired Glass Operations and then Head of Pilkington Architectural Operations with responsibilities for the St Helens based Watson Street and PA factories.

He has been a Board member of St Helens based Waterside Training for 7 years ,School Governor at Twiss Green Community Primary School for 22 years and a Board Member of St Helens Chamber of Commerce since 2018.  Damian is Interested in all matters influencing the future success and prosperity of St Helens, including rugby league

Navin Soni
Thriftys
Neil Start
Rapid ERP
Jordan Van Flute
Inovus Medical

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Navin was born in Liverpool moved to Widnes when he was 1 years old. From about 8 years old he spent a lot of his childhood working on the markets in Preston, my father’s business and his uncle’s Ice cream vans.

At 17 he started working in a cash carry as warehouse operative worked his way up to van sales and then ran the business for the owner.  In 2006 he created Cheshire wholesale supplying FMCGs to independent retailers and wholesalers. Following on from this in 2010 he created Cheshire retail and later bought the St. Helens brand and store Thriftys which he has successfully grown the business to 14 stores and now employs 150 people and he is not stopping there!

As well as Cheshire retail he also owns Innavision group ltd and Cheshire property services Nw ltd which has a diverse portfolio of tenants manufacturers, retailers, dance schools , Publicans , mechanics, takeaways  mostly local operators and a small number of blue chips

He is a qualified NHS mental health volunteer and involved in various charity work. After spending a lot of his childhood and having his business based in St. Helens, he is passionate about helping and giving back to the community that has given him so much.

 

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Neil Start is a Principal SAP Consultant and Managing Director at Rapid ERP, where his focus is on passionately promoting the value of a holistic approach to SAP Application Lifecycle Management (ALM).

Neil is an experienced IT services leader who has spent the last 15 years helping clients to find innovative solutions to maximize the value of their investment in SAP.

He is a recognized expert in SAP tools and methodologies, having completed many full-lifecycle SAP implementation projects for large global organizations across Manufacturing, Aerospace and Defence, Energy, Public Sector, Media and Communications, and IT Services sector

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Jordan is an experienced technical executive, board member and director. With over a decade’s worth of experience as CTO at Inovus medical, a medical technology company based in St Helens.
His main area of focus is the development of hardware and software applications for use in surgical training. Products manufactured by Inovus are currently in use in over 80 countries worldwide and directly impact thousands of patients across the globe daily through increased access to higher quality care.
He holds several executive qualifications from MIT in areas such as technology road mapping and finance. In addition, he is also a lifetime member of the Royal Academy of Engineers through his participation in their prestigious ‘Shott scale-up accelerator program’. Through this Jordan gained extensive experience in corporate governance and fostering a strong company culture, among other essential areas. He continues to act as an ambassador for the STEM field and hopes to inspire the next generation of engineers.
Why I would like to join the board:
• A thriving local chamber can foster a strong local economy. By contributing the skills and knowledge I have gained starting and growing a business in the local area we can help other businesses succeed.
• Positively influence local business policies, strategy and events
• Act as an advocate for business in the local area, ensuring that their collective voice is heard and is represented in decision making.
• Provides me with a strong platform to advocate for the STEM field. Ensuring that local children are properly supported in their journey

Lisa Harris
 St Helens Borough Council
Jennifer Greenan
E-Verve Energy
Lisa Flaherty
Knauf Insulation

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Over 30 years’ experience working in the public sector has given Lisa extensive knowledge;  across place and people services and  across public and private partnerships.  It has equipped her with many skills to deliver organisational and place-based change.

 

Lisa is a passionate individual who strives to deliver excellent and efficient services.  Enthusiastic and driven, she loves to work with diverse teams who are as passionate as she is, to make change into reality.

 

It is said that Lisa’s superpower is the ability to translate strategy into delivery as she doesn’t want to talk about regeneration and transformation, she wants to deliver it.

 

In my current role I have a focus on supporting business growth, regenerating town centres, delivering a green economic recovery, bringing industry back to life and providing a choice of good quality homes for all.

 

I am committed to make sure that all of the Borough’s physical assets provide opportunities for skills, employment and training for residents  ensuring that the Borough’s workforce is ready to meet the challenges of the future.

 

My greatest reward is serving the public, creating great places and improving people’s lives.

 

Joining St Helens in the middle of the first covid lockdown has meant my first two years in the Borough have been tumultuous but I have been consistently impressed by the passionate and resourceful people and the strong and resilient partnerships. Being a board member of the Chamber is a great honour and I look forward to embodying the spirit of #StHelenstogether.

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Founder and Director of E-Verve Energy Ltd, St Helens based Renewable Energy Company, Jennifer is an Accountant by profession with an extensive background in Local Government Audit, Risk Management and Governance.

An elected member of St Helens Town Deal Board, Jennifer is heavily invested in the economic growth, business and enterprise of the Borough, and often represents St Helens at a Regional level in the Renewables Sector.

Jennifer was named Merseyside Woman of the Year (MWOTY) Business Leader in 2022 and was recognised on the Insider Media’s inaugural Green Power List in the ‘Champion’ category alongside metro mayors Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham.

Jennifers engagement with St Helens Chamber’s Learning to Work Programme, has provided her the opportunity to visit the majority of Primary Schools across St Helens to champion the aspirations and opportunities of our young residents.

Coupled with an extensive knowledge of local business and enterprise, Jennifer aims to bring insight and experience to the Board to support the needs of local business and the future enterprise and success of the Borough.

A life long resident of St Helens and Mother of 2 Primary School aged children, Jennifer’s passions include sustainability, championing of Young People and providing a platform for women in business across the North West through her engagement with the MWOTY Team.

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Lisa has worked at Knauf Insulation for 18 years and is a CIPD qualified HR professional, having progressed through the HR ranks she is now HR Director for the Northern Europe region, responsible for creating and implementing the regional people strategy.

Lisa is active and passionate about her role on the senior leadership team and with the global HR team and strives to understand the complexities faced by all of their various teams and aims to partner with them to ensure their people strategy evolves with the team.

Lisa is committed to continuously improving the working life and wellbeing of the 600 employees, many of whom live in St Helens.

She lives and work in the borough and has 2 children in a local school.

Lance Flor
LLPT Foods

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Lance Flor is a Director of LLPT Foods which was established in 2019 and which operates the three McDonald’s restaurants across St Helens of which he is the Franchisee.  LLPT Foods employs in excess of 350 people in the St Helens restaurants, with most of them living within the borough.  He is heavily invested in the local community sponsoring and supporting many initiatives.

Prior to LLPT Foods Lance, in 1999, qualified and practiced as a Solicitor in Merseyside.  From there he developed a career in business leadership within the region and has held a number of different positions including Managing Partner, CIO and CFO.  He has a history of growing business’ and integrating them into the communities within which they are located whilst employing large numbers of local people.

Lance is married, with two children and enjoys playing golf and watching football.

A copy of our Articles of Association are available on request from Clare Gravener, Company Secretary by emailing clare.gravener@sthelenschamber.com