Who we are

Who we are

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Our Advisory Board

Sir Hugh Sykes

Chairman

Former Chairman of Sheffield Development Corporation, Sheffield One and extensive experience and involvement in urban regeneration organisations. Former Chairman Yorkshire Bank, Sheffield Museums and Galleries and Mid-Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust. Chairman of One Powerhouse.


Piers Warburton

Chief Executive

Piers was appointed CEO in October last year and brings several years communications and engagement experience.

He spent nine years as Research Director for Former Prime Minister Sir John Major, advising him across the full range of his political and commercial interests. Previously he has held senior positions at The New York Times Company, The Hearst Corporation, Energy Intelligence and, most recently, advised the Partners of Global Infrastructure Partners and the Board of Gatwick Airport on the structure and implementation of their campaign for a second runway.

He has won several awards for his work including three international media industry awards and the 1992 PR Week ‘Best Consumer Campaign’ for his work on the film ‘The Silence of The Lambs’.


Lord Kerslake

Board Member

Lord Kerslake is Chair of the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS), Chair of London CIV, President-Elect of the Local Government Association and Chair of Peabody. A former Head of the Civil Service, Lord Kerslake led the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG. Prior to this he was the first Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency, where he was responsible for promoting new and affordable housing supply; supporting the regeneration of cities, towns and neighbourhoods; improving existing housing stock, and advancing sustainability and good design. Before joining the Civil Service was Chief Executive of Sheffield Council.


Sir Brian Pomeroy

Board Member

He is Chairman of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, a member of the Financial Reporting Review Panel and is a director and Deputy Chairman of QBE Insurance Europe Ltd, and QBE Underwriting Ltd. He is a Board Member of The Social Market Foundation and Chairman of The Photographers' Gallery. Sir Brian is Chair of the CHASM Research Centre at the University of Birmingham.

He was formerly Chairman of the Treasury's Financial Inclusion Taskforce, the Gambling Commission, the Independent Commission on Equitable Life Payments, the Payments Council, the National Lottery Commission, Centrepoint and Homeless Link; a member of the Audit Commission and the Disability Rights Taskforce; and a Nominated Member of the Council of Lloyd's.


Lady Andree Deane Barron

Board member

Andree has been an education and public affairs consultant since she left Central YMCA as Group Director of Education in July 2018.
She is a fitness education sector expert with three published books and an extensive entrepreneurial business career spanning all sectors. As a previous school teacher and FE lecturer she holds both a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Education.
She authored the first sports coaching and exercise teaching NVQs and she also served as the CEO of the Fitness Industry Association (now UK Active) for 10 years. Andree was Chair of TimeBank, the national volunteering charity, between 2012 and 2018.


Nigel Foster

Board member

Nigel is a Director and a founder of Fore Consulting a specialist transport and strategic planning consultancy with offices in Leeds, Newcastle and London. He was formerly head of planning at Arup, working in the UK and overseas for both private and public sector clients. During 2016 and 2017 he was the Strategy Director at Transport for the North, helping to establish the organisation as a statutory body and prepare its strategic transport plan, and proposals for Northern Powerhouse Rail.


Vincent Goodstadt

Board member

Independent planning adviser on strategic and national planning issues to the public and private sector, involving regional plans, major urban regeneration projects and the implementation of the UK Government’s growth area agenda. He has worked with a range of international bodies including the OECD, University of Pennsylvania, the METREX Network, and the European Environment Agency and he is an Honorary Professor at the University of Manchester.


Richard Gregory

Board member

Senior Advisor, CYBG plc; Honorary Chair, Yorkshire Bank; Chair Together Personal Finance Ltd, Cheadle; former deputy RDA Chair; member Business North steering committee; member North West Business Leadership Team; member CBI regional council for Yorkshire and the Humber; member Team Humber Marine Advisory Board. Former chair roles also include Yorkshire Innovation, Sheffield Hallam University, and Science City York.


Carolyn Griffiths FREng, FIMechE

Board Member

Carolyn Griffiths is a senior rail industry professional. She has worked in heavy rail, metro and light rail systems. Her roles have been in operations, manufacturing, and consultancy, establishing new rail systems, regulation and managing major projects both in the UK and overseas. She has worked in the private and public sectors. Mostrecently she founded UK's Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and was Chief Inspector during its first 10 years of operations. She is a Non-Executive Director for both Irish Rail and Aesseal Engineering Ltd. She was the President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers from 2017-18 and continues as a Council member; she is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Board member of the Engineering Council.


Professor Philip McCann

Board Member

Philip McCann holds the Chair in Urban and Regional Economics in SheffieldUniversity Management School, and is also the Tagliaferri Research Fellow in theDepartment of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge. Philip has heldProfessorships in six countries and four different continents and has published in almostevery area of economic geography, regional and urban economics. He is one of theworld’s most highly cited scholars in these fields and his research has won academicawards in several countries. Philip has also previously been a Special Adviser to twodifferent EU Commissioners for Regional and Urban Policy, and has also advised fourOECD directorates, the European Investment Bank, and government


James Newman

Board member

Formerly, the founding Chairman of the Sheffield City Region LEP, Chair/NED and Group Finance Director of a number of PLCs. Currently Chairman of Finance Yorkshire, South Yorkshire Community Foundation, Sheffield City Region European Funds Advisory Board and of the Masonic Charitable Foundation, one of the UK’s top 25 charities. Member of the National European Growth Programme Board and Chairman of the Investment Panel of Key Fund, one of the UK’s largest social investors. A Chartered Accountant, former Master Cutler and Deputy Chairman of Sheffield Hallam University.


Tony Pedder

Board Member

Tony Pedder is an experienced industrialist and Board Member, having beeninvolved in senior roles in the manufacturing sector for over 40 years. Hisexecutive career was at FTSE100 company British Steel/Corus plc where hespent over 30 years, retiring in 2003 as Group CEO.He has subsequently undertaken a number of non-executive roles and hasrecently retired from Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd. after 12 yearsas Chair. Other former non-executive roles include Chair of Business LinkYorkshire and Directorships with Sheffield Theatres Trust and RenaissanceSouth Yorkshire. Today his roles include Director of Rotherham-based Metalysis Ltd., Chair ofSheffield Teaching Hospitals, and pro-Chancellor and Chair of Council ofSheffield University.


Lady Sykes

Board Member

Lady Sykes is co-founder and co-trustee of the Sir Hugh and Lady Sykes Charitable Trust which was set up in 1987, and has so far made donations of over £3million to mainly local charitable causes. She is a strong supporter of her husband’s varied interests and the Trust is currently supporting the work of the One Powerhouse Consortium.


Richard Threlfall

Board Member

Richard is Global Head of Infrastructure at KPMG. He has over 25 years’ experience in infrastructure policy, governance, strategy and financing, advising both public and private sector clients in the UK and overseas. Richard began his career as a civil servant at the UK Department for Transport where he held positions in the road, rail and aviation directorates. Between 1996 and 1998 he was Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Transport and the Deputy Prime Minister. He subsequently moved to the Infrastructure Advisory team at Citigroup before joining KPMG, where he led the UK Infrastructure, Buildi

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Our Partners

The One Powerhouse Consortium is delighted to be working in partnership with the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce)


The UK2070 Commission is an independent inquiry into city and regional inequalities in the UK. Chaired by Lord Kerslake, it has been set up to conduct a review of the policy and spatial issues related to the UK’s long-term city and regional development.

Read more here.

 

The RSA’s commitment to the intelligent development of key sectors such as Agriculture, Manufacture, Chemistry, Mechanics, Arts and Trade is well recognised both at home and abroad.

Find out more about the RSA here