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Anna Jane Hunter 

I joined NR as a General Management Graduate in 2006 and spent 6 years across various roles in Major Projects, Account Management and Operations. This culminated in 2 years as Local Operations Manager for Liverpool Lime Street area. In 2012 I joined TPE as Head of Resource Planning where I led the train planning, diagramming and rosters teams. As part of the Senior Management team there I spent time seconded to manage the Control team led the response to the Tour de Yorkshire event in the region and was part of the mobilisation team for the new franchise. In 2016 I joined the Firstgroup Rail Division team as Head of Operations Development to work on the West Coast Partnership submission as well as generally leading on our operations strategy for things like control and other operations systems. I’m on the committee of Women in Rail (North West region)-to support the diversity agenda piece. Also perhaps mentioning that I’m a northerner, from the north and living in the north.

My new role at NR involves managing the relationship between NR, TfN and the RNP TOCs (TPE & Northern), championing the transformation agenda for rail in the North and ensuring stakeholders are a part of that journey.

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Emma Degg

Emma Degg is the Chief Executive of the North West Business Leadership Team (NWBLT). The NWBLT brings together leaders of national and international businesses with substantial commitments and interests in the North West of England.  The Team works to exert its collective influence for the long-term good of the region, economically, environmentally, culturally and socially. Ms Degg has spent her career focussed upon bringing together business leaders and policy makers to make a tangible difference, nationally, across the North West and in local government.  She regards the promotion of responsible business leadership as essential to the future of the UK economy, in particular the importance of inspiring and encouraging young people to achieve their full potential.

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Henri Murison

Henri Murison was appointed last year as the first permanent Director of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP),  which has been established by business and civic leaders across the North to drive our economy and is chaired by George Osborne. During the last decade, he has held senior public policy roles in both the public and private sectors across the North of England. He served as Cabinet member for Quality of Life at Newcastle City Council, leading on key issues including transport, planning and the environment. He also worked as Research Director at the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire and, most recently, led on Public Affairs at the Yorkshire Building Society, focusing on issues such as devolution in Yorkshire, housing and transport.

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Cllr Judith Blake

Cllr Judith Blake was elected as the first ever female Leader of Leeds City Council in May 2015.  She is also the Council’s Executive Board Member for Economy and Culture and is playing a key role in attracting major national and international inward investment to Leeds.  In July 2016 Cllr Blake was announced as Chair of the Core Cities Group. The Group represents the Councils of England’s eight largest city economies outside London, along with Glasgow and Cardiff. She is also Vice Chair of the LGA’s Environment, Economy, Housing & Transport Board. 

Cllr Blake has been a Labour Councillor since 1996 and represents Middleton & Belle Isle in Leeds.  Her time as a Councillor has seen her have responsibility for a wide range of portfolios including Planning, Education and Leisure.  Cllr Blake currently chairs the Council’s Executive Board and has also served as a board member for NHS Leeds and the West Yorkshire Police Authority. Last year, Cllr Blake was awarded a CBE in recognition of service to local government.

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Tracy Harrison

Tracy Harrison is Deputy Chief Executive of the Northern Housing Consortium (NHC), a membership organisation for social housing providers. Prior to joining the NHC in 2006, Tracy held a variety of senior marketing and business development posts in blue chip private sector organisations, including Fast Moving Consumer Goods giant, Robert McBride, and Sage Software. With the housing sectors’ ever-increasing focus on driving efficiencies, a key part of Tracy’s role is to support NHC members in offering products and services which will help them to achieve that, and to develop solutions which can help improve the service they offer to tenants.

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Barry White

Barry White has a wealth of experience in delivering major investment programmes. Prior to his appointment at Transport for the North, he was Chief Executive at Scottish Futures Trust where he led the organisation in improving the planning and delivery of infrastructure investment and asset management in Scotland.

In his current role, he is responsible for transforming regional connectivity and driving economic growth in the North. He will oversee the development of Transport for the North as a statutory organisation, bringing together northern transport authorities, to allow the North to speak with a single voice on big transport decisions which will benefit the region.

He has held a number of challenging high profile private sector roles including being the Managing Director of BAM’s UK infrastructure investment company and as a Director of Skanska Infrastructure Development.

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Peter Molyneux has over 35 years’ experience working in local government, seven of which have been at Chief Officer level in a multi-disciplined environment. His roles, which have mainly been in highways and transport, have included Corporate Director at Trafford Council and Head of Highways at Transport for Greater Manchester.

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Alex Heritage 

Hailing from Stockport, Alex has worked in the public sector for over 15 years across a range of services and roles, including as part of the leadership of the ‘Healthier Together’ programme which achieved one of the largest public consultations responses in the NHS, resulting in 12 clinical commissioning groups’ unanimous decision to change health services in Greater Manchester. Alex brings a wealth of expertise and energy to the TU and its clients, and he is unwavering in his commitment to transforming health and care for the benefit of patients the length and breadth of the UK. I am very confident that under his stewardship, the TU will continue to flourish and support our country’s most valued asset: the NHS.

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 Edna Robinson is a social commentator on issues of connectivity, social mobility and integrated system thinking.  She has been a Chief Executive in several posts in the NHS in the NorthWest and Policy Advisor to Communities and Local Government in the Brown government.

She was the founder of NHS Networks used by thousands of people.  Edna is currently the chairman of the Big Life Group, Trafford Housing Trust and most recently The People’s Powerhouse.

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