Mersey Maritime Seeks New Chief

Thursday, October 30, 2003
Mersey Maritime is seeking a new figurehead as John Mutch, chief executive, steps down as planned at the end of this month (October). John, who has been the main driving force behind Mersey Maritime since its inception, returned from retirement on a one-year contract to help establish the organisation, which aims to raise the profile of the regions maritime sector and act as a catalyst for business growth and investment. Since its launch in February 2003, Mersey Maritime has secured funding of £1.8 million from the North West Development Agency, European Objective One Programme, Mersey Waterfront, and the Single Regeneration Budget, with support from The Mersey Partnership. The organisation is now committed to working closely with the Northwest Development Agency to ensure the needs of the maritime sector are taken into account within regeneration strategy, ensuring that investment in new facilities and services takes into consideration developments in world shipping. Over the last 12 months, John has overseen the creation of an international maritime marketing campaign, a business development network across the region, the appointment of an executive team and the opening of new offices in the waterfront Port of Liverpool building, including meeting rooms and exhibition space which members can use for the benefit of their own businesses. Thomas O'Brien, chief executive of The Mersey Partnership said: "John has put great energy and dynamism into the launch of Mersey Maritime. In his short time as sector director he has succeeded in raising the profile of the maritime sector as one of vital importance to the future economic growth of our City Region as well as raising profile for the whole Sector Development programme." Other major achievements for the maritime sector include: the launch of a members' newsletter and maritime website with direct links to member companies through a comprehensive directory and up-to-date information on maritime developments throughout the region, and the creation of 136 jobs within the sector.

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