10th March 2020

Professional Liverpool –  the membership organisation representing the professional and business services sector across the city region – has unveiled a new chief executive as the man who is credited with helping to save the organisation, John Hall, stands down.

l-r Andrew Ruffler and John Hall

Andrew Ruffler, former regional director at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) North West, will take over from Mr Hall, who has been in post for nine years.

Mr Hall, a former senior partner at law firm Bermans, took over as volunteer chief executive of Professional Liverpool in late 2010 on a part-time basis. At that time it had just 60 members and was fighting for its survival.

He was formally appointed to the role in April 2010. He set about bringing financial stability back to the organisation, developing key external partnerships and growing the number of members, which today stands at almost 500. John Hall said:

“The growth and the stability of the organisation are by far my proudest achievements. Back at the start our main focus was survival, now we are in a position of real strength. However, now is the right time to hand over the reins to someone with new ideas and a fresh vision. Andrew is enthusiastic, embedded in the city and understands the importance of collaboration.”

Mr Ruffler joins Professional Liverpool from a consultancy role at Wirral-based architecture practice, ArchitectFolk. He also brings with him a wealth of expertise and extensive network of contacts from his time spent working with creative agency, Uniform and within the investment teams at both Liverpool City Region LEP and MIDAS in Manchester.

He will be tasked with building on the growth and financial stability delivered under Mr Hall, and implementing a new vision for Professional Liverpool as the voice of the professional and business service sector in the Liverpool city region. Andrew Ruffler said:

“John leaves a very strong legacy that I look forward to building upon and taking to the next level. We will continue to deliver the innovative events and initiatives that Professional Liverpool is renowned for, while also developing its role as an influencer, helping to shape the professional and economic future of the region.

“The professional and business services sector in the Liverpool city region is vital to the economic growth of the North and UK as a whole.

“Working closely with bodies such as Liverpool LEP and the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, I will ensure that our stakeholders and members have a voice in decisions that will affect the sector and its ability to grow and thrive.”

The professional and business services sector is the second largest in the Liverpool city region in terms of gross value added (GVA), generating £8.4bn per annum and supporting an estimated 107,000 jobs in 12,000 businesses.

For more information on Liverpool City Region’s thriving professional and business services sector click HERE.



10th March 2020