George Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) takes a step forward today (18 November) with it first board meeting and the announcement of two high-profile new board members.
Former commercial secretary to the Treasury Lord Jim O’Neill joins the partnership together with the current chair of Transport for the North John Cridland, who is the former director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).
The partnership’s first meeting is happening today in Sheffield, which will include business and public sector leaders. Next week there will be the second in a series of pan-northern evidence gathering sessions in the form of a roundtable led by Osborne, where information on the key issues and priorities for the region is gathered.
“Today is a milestone in the creation of our Northern Powerhouse Partnership. Our first board meeting, here in Sheffield, brings together some of the North’s biggest employers and civic leaders to see how we can work together to create a powerhouse,” said Osborne.
“I am delighted that Jim O’Neill and John Cridland are also joining the board and getting involved in the Northern Powerhouse Partnership. They are both hugely regarded figures across the North and two of the brightest and the best when it comes to thinking proactively about how to drive transformational change for the region.
“I have been overwhelmed by the enthusiastic response that the NPP has received since it was launched in September.
“In the past few months we’ve made more progress than I could have possibly hoped for and between now and Christmas I look forward to attending the roundtable events in Newcastle, Sheffield, Leeds and Liverpool where I will hear more ideas about the big issues and priorities that the NPP should be focussed on.”